United Nations agencies rush aid to flood-hit Sierra Leone

Togo's Head of State, and Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, as well as the West African Community expressed their affinity with the people of Sierra Leone.

Following the devastations caused by flooding and mudslides on the outskirts of Freetown at the beginning of this week, President Ernest Bai Koroma continues to receive not only condolence messages but also high powered delegations from countries across the sub-region and beyond.

With the aim of clearing the overflowing central morgue, burials began around 1800 GMT in Waterloo, a nearby town where many victims of the Ebola crisis that hit the nation in 2014 were also laid to rest, according to a morgue official and an AFP journalist at the scene. Over 400 people have been confirmed dead after a mudslide in Regent, near Freetown, Sierra Leone.

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Sierra Leone braced for more floods as the country buries the casualties of a mudslide that killed hundreds of people in the capital, Freetown. Rainfall remains in the forecast for the coming days, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides.

Reports out of Sierra Leone confirm that 270 corpses have been recovered and prepared for burial, while another 400 bodies have been found. "We say to you how much we feel the pain; how we share the sorrow, with all of those who have been victimized by this tragic event", President Sirleaf told mourners at the cemetery.

Local people transfer their belongings to a secured area on the site of the mudslide in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, on August 17, 2017.

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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.

Sierra Leone has pleaded for global assistance, while Amnesty worldwide issued a statement accusing the government of failing to learn from similar incidents.

He added: "The rains are still pending and there is a possibility that we will have another incident".

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"There is a fear that more trouble is imminent", in Freetown, a coastal city of around one million people, said Adbul Nasir of the International Red Cross.

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