INTERNATIONAL DISASTER UPDATE
- More than 300 people have been killed in mudslides and flooding near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown.
- The mudslide and subsequent effects were triggered by heavy rains on Monday.
- Many houses were immediately covered in mud with many feared having died while asleep.
- Locals have reportedly been attempting to recover bodies from the rubble and mud with their bare hands.
- The worst-hit area is thought to be the Regent district on the outskirts of Freetown, where dozens of houses were submerged when the hillside collapsed at about 06:00 GMT.
- A Sierra Leonean disaster management official, Candy Rogers, said that “over 2,000 people are homeless” as a result of the mudslide in the Regent area.