Death toll in Sierra Leone mudslide disaster could rise to over a 1000

The death toll from Sierra Leone's mudslide has risen to 500.

According to Nana Boakye-Yiadom, deputy director of news programming at CitiFM, presidential spokesperson for Sierra Leone, Abdulai Bayraytaythe, said they believe about 500 dead bodies are still buried under the rubble.

The death toll is most likely to rise to over a 1000 in the near future.

Nana Boakye-Yiadom, Deputy Director of News Programming at CitiFM in Accra

The disaster occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on Monday after heavy rain, burying parts of Regent town on the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

This incident has been described as the worst disaster that has hit the country after the devastation caused by Ebola outbreak.

To hear more of this report, listen below:


This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Death toll in Sierra Leone mudslide disaster could rise to over a 1000


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