Sierra Leone Braces for More Floods

In an appeal for global support, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies Secretary General, Elhadj As Sy, said that the chances of finding survivors is getting smaller by the day.

More than 400 bodies have been pulled from the debris of Sierra Leone's mudslides as burials and recovery efforts were under way on Friday amid the threat of further disaster.

More than 400 people have died and an estimated 600 are missing.

Those that can be identified are being returned to loved ones for burial, but others too badly decomposed have been taken to a cemetery where Ebola victims were laid to rest in 2014 and 2015.

Aid agencies have warned that there is a risk of contamination and disease outbreaks if bodies can not be found.

Receiving the Togolese President and delegation, President Koroma described the visit as a source of consolation and solidarity to the Government and people of Sierra Leone.


"Mr Gnassingbe presented his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Ernest Bai Koroma, a cheque of 200,000 dollars from the ECOWAS Commission, another cheque of 100,000 dollars from the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) and fund transfer of 100,000 dollars from the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID)", said a statement from the ECOWAS commission.

The UN has said 4,000 people are affected by the mudslides and flooding.

Many poor areas are near sea level and lack good drainage. The capital also is plagued by unregulated construction in hilltop areas.

In Pentagon, the community directly below Regent where rocks and mud rained down on homes on Monday, resident Tamba James said the future looked bleak.

According to humanitarian agencies, current estimates indicate that as many as 3,000 have been made homeless, although this figure is expected to rise. All unidentified corpses will be given a "dignified burial" in the coming days, it said.

Rtd Chief Justice Umu Hawa Tejan-Jalloh, the Sierra Leonean High Commissioner to Ghana, applauded the institutions for the support and said Ghana had remained committed to deepening the bilaterally relations between her and Sierra Leone.


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