By Teteh Kamara in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Freetown — The death toll following devastating mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone has doubled to over 1 000.
The tragedy occurred slightly a fortnight ago, coming shortly after the Ebola virus hit the West African country alongside Guinea and Liberia. The disease claimed some 14 000 lives by January last year.
Initially, Sierra Leone’s government reported over 450 people had died from mudslides and floods, with victims largely those living in informal settlements.
“The city’s drainage system got badly damaged by the torrential rains, leaving stagnant water in most areas,” said Alex Carle, director of international programmes at the Red Cross. President Ernest Bai Koroma said the devastation was overwhelming.
He appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by the mudslide. Humanitarian groups said as the country entered the recovery phase it would need assistance to help affected people back on their feet.
AllAfrica 14th August 2o17