Sierra Leone Mudslide: 200 Suspected Dead in Flooding

Environment | August 14, 2017, Monday // 16:54|  views

More than 200 bodies have been brought to Sierra Leone's morgue after floods and mudslides brought a trail of chaos to West Africa, a coroner official has said, quoted by The Independent.

Authorities say at least 21 people have been killed with many more fatalities expected. 

Storms swept through the capital of Freetown early on Monday, flooding downtown streets and creating mudslides in hilly areas. 

Sierra Leone's national television broadcaster interrupted regular programming to show scenes of people digging through mud to retrieve the dead bodies of loved ones. 

Officials said military personnel have been deployed to help in the rescue operation currently ongoing. 

Deputy Information Minister Cornelius Deveaux said officials are still trying to compile casualty figures. 

Many of the impoverished areas of Sierra Leone's capital are close to sea level and have poor drainage systems, exacerbating flooding during this West African country's rainy season. 

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