Sierra Leone mudslide: Nearly 400 bodies recovered

Sierra Leone mudslide: Nearly 400 bodies recovered

Sierra Leone mudslide: Nearly 400 bodies recovered

Written by Staff Writer

16 Aug, 2017 | 3:51 pm

Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday, as morgues struggled to find space for all the dead.

President Ernest Bai Koroma earlier pleaded for “urgent support”, saying entire communities had been wiped out.

The incident is thought to be the worst in Africa over the past two decades.

Reports claim that at least a hundred houses were hit owing to the incident.

The burials are expected to take place on Thursday, government spokesman Cornelius Deveaux said.

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