Approximately 600 people are missing after a devastating mudslide swept away homes in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Around 400 bodies have also been found.
Ian Sher, Head of Rescue South Africa says his organisation has offered assistance but have been unsuccessful in their attempts to get aid to Freetown. Sher explains that there are only two certified urban and rescue teams on the continent, adding they are uniquely able to render their services.
Umaru Fofana, BBC Journalist based in Sierra Leone says the tragedy is unprecedented and the largest the continent has seen in years.
The corpses keep coming into the mortuary.— Umaru Fofana, BBC Journalist based in Sierra Leone
Freetown is a mountainous area explains Fofana. He adds that the mountain completely submerged all the houses that had been built in that area.
Some say 600, some say a thousand are still buried under the mud.— Umaru Fofana, BBC Journalist based in Sierra Leone
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