By noon, the coroner’s technician at the Connaught Hospital mortuary, Mr. Sinneh Mansaray , told the media that 315 bodies had been collected from the disaster sites which experienced heavy flooding and mudslides. By the afternoon, it was reported that 312 bodies had been transported to the mortuary , which had become full.
While people were still in bed sleeping this morning, heavy down pour of rain caused landslides at Regent, the Motumeh community , IMATT and the back of the Guma Valley gate and has left more than 100 houses covered , according to some reports.
Heavier than normal rains had been falling in Sierra Leone since the rainy season started.
A section of a hill collapsed at Regent, burying some houses.
Upper Regent Road, Lumley , a community called Pentagon, was also seriously devastated.
The death toll is expected to rise.
Rescue teams are presently searching for more bodies.
A male AYTV reporter covering the crisis at the mortuary broke down in tears before the camera.
Dr. Sama Forna, expessing sadness on Facebook, lamented :”‘Another sad day here in the city. Major Landslide in the Regent area. Heavy rains have started again and dense fog surrounds that area. The picture below I took from my verandah showing a glimpse of the Landslide. It is really sad. All the lives in that area. I hear people crying at a distance…the cries of death. Sirens going off all over the place. Let us pray for our country and our people. R.I.P to the souls we have lost today……”