Published: Sat, August 19, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

UN Says Over 400 Died in Sierra Leone Mudslides

UN Says Over 400 Died in Sierra Leone Mudslides

According to United Nations estimates, more than 600 people are still unaccounted for following the mudslides, and a representative said Wednesday the organization is losing hope they will be found. He also bemoaned the story of six innocent children who went to study in the home of one of their brightest colleagues, and the young man who was due to get married today, saying that they all had their plans for the next day but were swept away from their sleep onto untimely deaths.

A Red Cross official told AFP, meanwhile, that smaller mudslides had occurred since Monday in eastern Freetown and in Sierra Leone's second city of Bo, with the rainy season far from over.

Monday's natural disaster, which hit the community of Regent on the outskirts of Freetown left over 400 people dead and thousands displaced.

Residents have been warned to evacuate the mountain as rainfall is still forecast for the coming days, raising fears of further mudslides. The Red Cross has reported that some 600 persons are still missing.

"The rains are still pending and there is a possibility that we will have another incident", he said. Also, now that the Confederate monuments have been removed, what do we do with them next?

The Red Cross says shelter, safe water and food and proper sanitation are urgent needs now. "Even now I'm still thinking of her; thoughts of her death is lingering".

"Due to a lack of regulation and insufficient consideration for minimum standards and environmental laws, millions of Sierra Leoneans are living in dangerously vulnerable homes", said Makmid Kamara, the group's deputy director of global issues.

The machinations of Donald Trump connected to domestic terror in Charlottesville, have largely obscured the worldwide tragedy unfolding in the West African nation of Sierra Leone.

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.

President Ernest Bai Koroma, who has been blamed for exacerbating the damage from the mudslide due to his failure to tackle illegal construction in the nation's capital, is expected to attend the ceremony for those killed.

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