400 bodies recovered after landslide


Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown, the chief coroner said early today, as rescue operations continued and morgues struggled to find space for all the dead.
President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents of the town of Regent and other flooded areas around Freetown to evacuate immediately so that military personnel and other rescue workers could continue to search for survivors who might be buried underneath debris.
Dozens of houses were covered in mud when a mountainside collapsed in Regent on Monday morning, one of the deadliest natural disasters in Africa in recent years.
“As the search continues, we have collected nearly 400 bodies but we anticipate more than 500,” chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya said.

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