Queen Elizabeth sends condolences to victims of Sierra Leone mudslide

17 August, 2017, 14:36 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Freetown the capital city of Sierra Leone

{0007,0096, NATIONAL MOURNING Sierra Leone declares 7 day national mourning for victims of deadly mudslide} The public observed a minute of silence on Wednesday, and Sierra Leone's national flag will fly at half-mast every day until next Tuesday.

"This is an ongoing tragedy that could get even worse if we don't help the survivors.Many have been left with no shelter and with nowhere to go.The EU must react with the utmost urgency!", Pittella stated.

The wife of the President, Mrs Aisha Buhari, has commiserated with the first lady of Sierra Leone, Mrs Sia Koroma over the unfortunate mudslide that killed over 300 people in Sierra Leone.

"A river of mud came out of nowhere and swallowed entire communities, just wiped them away".

About 600 people are still missing following the disaster that hit the west African nation on August 14. An unofficial morgue toll put the number of deaths from at 400.

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On Wednesday, thousands of people gathered outside the morgue at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, hoping to find the bodies of their relatives.

"There are not enough gloves, protective equipment and rubber boots" to the families, " said the employee of the morgue.

"We have started burying some of the mutilated and decomposed bodies".

Forty-year-old Brima Mundeh, who escaped the disaster with his two children, said he feared that three missing family members were buried under the mud.

"There is a need for food, water, sanitation facilities and medical assistance". All unidentified corpses will be given a "dignified burial" in the coming days, it said.

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"Deeply saddened by the devastating consequences of the mudslide on the outskirts of Freetown, His Holiness Pope Francis assures those who have lost loved ones of his closeness at this hard time", read an August 16 telegram signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin read.

"We're working with the authorities to prevent disease outbreaks, cholera".

The government has promised relief to the more than 3,000 people left homeless, opening an emergency response centre in Regent and four registration centres.

Sierra Leone ranked 179th out of 188 countries on the UN Development Programme's 2016 Human Development Index, a basket of data combining life expectancy, education and income and other factors.

The European Union released 300,000 euros ($353,000) in emergency funds, while Senegalese and Ivorian delegations handed over cash and food to President Koroma, following the lead of Guinea's president on Tuesday.

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