Sierra Leone mudslides kill hundreds in their beds

Sierra Leone mudslides kill hundreds in their beds

Sierra Leone mudslides kill hundreds in their beds

Addressing the media in the Regent hilltop community of Freetown, one of the areas hit hardest by a mudslide that has destroyed homes, Koroma fought back tears as he said the devastation "was overwhelming us".

Videos posted online by local residents showed yellow mud rushed to the streets of Freetown and the flood water reached as high as people's chest.

Emergency services have been put in place as vehicular traffic has been severely hit.

More than 300 people are dead after flooding in Sierra Leone.

"As the search continues, we have collected almost 400 bodies - but we anticipate more than 500", chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters.

A Red Cross spokesperson said at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown, Reuters reports. In other parts of the country, driving rains were causing major flooding, especially where people have built homes along river banks.

"From stopping the Ebola outbreak in its tracks to helping the country rebuild after this deadly event, the United Kingdom continues to stand by the people of Sierra Leone", said Priti Patel, the UK's minister of global development.

Rescue operations have resumed on Tuesday and President Koroma said in a televised address on Monday evening that an emergency response center had been established in Regent.

The mortuary at Connaught Hospital has been overwhelmed by the number of dead, with bodies spread out on the floor.

"You will see a huge number of people crying with those who have lost their family members", he said.

"From stopping the Ebola outbreak in its tracks to helping the country rebuild ‎after this deadly disease, the United Kingdom continues to stand by the people of Sierra Leone". Many victims were trapped under tons of mud as they slept.

"The capacity at the mortuary is too small for the corpses", Kamara, told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corp on Monday, as reported by the AP.

Flooding is not unusual in Sierra Leone, where unsafe housing in makeshift settlements can be swept away by heavy rains.

"As August is the peak rain season in Sierra Leone, the rains as well as heavy crowds and vehicles are making it very hard for the vehicles to travel on the muddy roads leading up to the rescue site", Wang said, .

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