Sierra Leone: Hundreds feared dead in Freetown landslide

Hundreds of people are reported dead after a hillside in the Regent area collapsed early on Monday following heavy rains, leaving many houses covered in mud.

IMG-20170814-WA0080Torrential rain fall which started in the early hours of 4:30 am in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown also affected residents of Regent, Kaningo, IMATT, and Kingtom.

Continuous heavy rainfalls are common in Sierra Leone due to the country’s tropical climate but recent events are different with high level of torrential rains and flooding causing havoc throughout the country.

The houses of the Information and Communication Minister and the Mayor of Freetown have reportedly collapsed at Regent with all the caretakers of the minister dead.

Sierra Leone’s Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh said it was “likely that hundreds are lying dead”.

Mr Foh told Reuters news agency that the disaster was “so serious that I myself feel broken”, adding that the area was being cordoned off as people were being evacuated.

A Mortuary attendant at the Connaught Hospital-Sinneh Kamara has just disclosed that they have (at the moment) more than 200 dead bodies including 30 children.

Kamara called on Sierra Leoneans to visit the Connaught mortuary and identify the corpses for burial.

He blamed the Office of National Security for incompetence and “undermining President Ernest Bai Koroma “who established the Disaster Management as a remedy to such emergency disaster in the country.

Others are blaming the Environmental Protection Agency-EPA and the Meteorological Agency for incompetence.

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