Friday, 22 September, 2017

Hopes fade for survivors in Sierra Leone

Mass burials begin for 300 Sierra Leone flood victims Sierra Leone: Rescue workers find 400 bodies in mudslide, over 600 still missing
Saul Franklin | 19 August, 2017, 07:42

He presented two cheques of USD$100,000 and USD$200,000 each towards food and medical care for victims of the August 14 disaster.

The government also requests bereaved families to continue to identify their fallen loved ones at the Connaught Hospital Mortuary between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary where they will be advised on the burial procedure, according to the statement.

Sierra Leone has buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital this week, an official at the central morgue said on Friday.

Rahman said the country also must battle cholera and malaria as people are facing major health challenges.

He said the United Nations is working with the government to provide "physical protection" for those thousands of people displaced or otherwise affected by the landslide.

The tragic events have seen hundreds of people die and hundreds more missing after flash floods and landslips hit areas of Freetown and surrounding neighbourhoods in the peninsular area of Sierra Leone.

The possibility of further mudslides remains, along with the risk of disease.

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Forty people were killed in a landslide on Thursday in a fishing village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, said Pacifique Keta, the vice governor of Ituri province, adding that a search was under way for bodies buried in mud.

"The President has further made a decision to invoke MAC-C (Military Aid to Civil Community) and to raise the national security threat level to level 3 in direct response to the unfolding emergency situation", the statement said.

Citizens and experts alike have questioned why Koroma's government has not done more to tackle illegal construction in the overcrowded capital of Freetown.

"Our new support will provide basic life-saving supplies like food, water, shelter and clothing to people who have lost everything". The Office of National Security warned people of the danger from the newly opened crack on the side of a mountain and urged residents to evacuate.

Others began to ask why such a tragedy was allowed to happen in the first place, given the clockwork regularity of annual flooding in Freetown.

In recent years, trees have been cut down from the Western peninsular forest on Freetown's limits, with everything from shacks to mansions springing up haphazardly on the slopes.

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