Sierra Leone says an urgent need to have of help after mudslide
The president of Sierra Leona says that the country “urgently needed assistance” in the aftermath of the large mudslide on Monday, the region around the capital city of Freetown found.
The mud came in early Monday morning, and overwhelmed hundreds of houses in the town of Regent under the rubble, Many residents of the town, located near the capital, Freetown, were raided by the mud as they slept.
Rescuers have so far almost four hundred bodies recovered. Hundreds of people are still missing and there is therefore feared that the death toll even further. Thousands of people are also displaced.
In a televised speech said Ernest Baikorana Tuesday night that he works closely with the care services which were already present in the affected area. “We have an emergency response centre has been decorated for our actions to co-ordinate and the survivors.” But, so, he stated: “The destruction is overwhelming”. The president therefore asked for help.
The still ever-present mud hampered the work of the professionals. The affected area is difficult accessible for the organisations equipment, food and clothing to the area want to carry. There are bulldozers used to clear away the mud and debris to clean up.
To the rescue workers and the army does not go for the feet to walk in their search for survivors, the president has to people in the area prompted the town to temporarily leave.
The mortuary in Freetown can the hundreds of deaths barely handle. There is a lack of space and staff for the bodies to be able to examine and identify. The authorities in Freetown have therefore, together with aid agencies decided to make the so far found bodies buried in four mass graves.
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