400 killed, hundreds missing in devastating Sierra Leone mudslide (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)
"As heavy down pour of Rain hit Freetown disaster looms with death tolls" pic.twitter.com/Kq3NCJo3bU— AbdulRahman Kays (@AbdulrahmanKays) August 14, 2017
"As the search continues, we have collected nearly 400 bodies – but we anticipate more than 500," chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya told Reuters.
President Ernest Bai Koroma told reporters the “devastation was overwhelming us,” and that “entire communities have been wiped out.”
The mudslide struck the Regent area Monday, when parts of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed under heavy rain. Interior minister Paolo Conteh said thousands of people are missing, while about 3,000 people have lost their homes.
The Aftermath.Devastating.Pray for Salone🇸🇱😞 pic.twitter.com/RrK5HozSDf— FufuFiend🇸🇱💪🏾 (@RhageToya) August 15, 2017
They've been at it all night.The Mount SugarLoaf landslide has killed 1000's .They can't even find bodies.The Debris is everywhere 😞 pic.twitter.com/V0TKgX9jsN— FufuFiend🇸🇱💪🏾 (@RhageToya) August 15, 2017
Aid workers are racing to avert outbreaks cholera and typhoid because of contaminated water and flooding.
"We are also fearful of outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid," said Red Cross Society spokesman Abu Bakarr Tarawallie.