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Sierra Leone mudslides death toll now above 400, United Nations says
March 24 2018, 08:00 | Irvin Gilbert
More than 400 people have died in mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone with 600 people still missing in the stricken capital
More than 400 people have died and an estimated 600 are missing.
Rescue workers continued bringing bodies to the morgue and those buried included 156 children, said the official on Friday, who asked to remain anonymous because he was not authorised to speak about the figures.
Dr. Simeon Owiss Koroma, the government's chief consultant forensic pathologist, said Friday afternoon that up to 450 bodies now have been recovered.
The Hastings Sierra Leone Friendship Link has launched a disaster recovery appeal after severe flash flooding hit this week.
Also the United Kingdom has sent their condolence message to the government and people of Sierra Leone following the tragic events of August 14 in Freetown and the surrounding areas. The heavy rain had also caused widespread flooding in the Racecourse, Regent and Lumley areas near Sierra Leone's capital Freetown.
International Development Secretary Priti Patel says "the international community must follow our lead" to save lives in the impoverished West African nation.
Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, said the toll "may rise", noting the number of people still missing. "Coming by force in the middle of hardship may not be the best way", he added.
"Nothing can be enough for now", said Rosemary Blake of the Living Water SL charity. We have young people being displaced, people being orphaned, we have problems of medication and medical supplies. "We need shoes on their feet".
"The rains are still pending and there is a possibility that we will have another incident", he said. "I really think it is about time we take a good look at this because it won't be too long to happen in Ghana and I think it falls right within the jurisdiction of EPA and Town and Country Planning.to look at these issues".
Togo's president and Chairperson of ECOWAS Authority of Heads of State and Government, Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, gave the donation when he paid a solidarity visit to Freetown, Sierra Leonean capital.
In recent years, trees have been cut down from the Western peninsular forest on Freetown's limits, with everything from shacks to mansions springing up on the slopes.