Hundreds of people are still not found in Sierra Leone at the end of the serious rain which resulted to mudslides. It was gathered that there were churches where scores of members have died.
A correspondent has confirmed over five hundred bodies have currently been delivered to the city’s building.
Storms sweptback through Freetown on Monday, leaving streets covered with water and inflicting whole hillsides to crumble in rural areas.
Gaston Slanwa, a Country Representative for Sierra Leone said: “I drove around Freetown yesterday. On one bridge I saw 2 victims already dead taken out of the water.
“In only one of the church communities we tend to work with, sixty people were dead and three hundred have lost their dwellings.”
ActionAid aforementioned it was told that, so far, 3,400 people are currently not found.
Representative of a Charity, Zynab Kamara said that Close to a decade that she had laboured as humanitarian response she had never seen things this terrible.
“I saw kids climbing over the scrap and soil, in despair, seeking help from their parents.”
Ernest Baic Koroma, president of Sierra Leone, gave an eager appeal for assistance, deeply in tears as he went round Regent, one of the most affected suburb.
“Entire communities have gone extinct,” he said. “We require quick assistance now.”
Effort made so far
A spokesperson for the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) stated that British military officials were able to give a hand at the scene at the hours of the slide.
DFID also stated it rendered assistance with healthcare, water, sanitation, humanitarian provisions, generators and tents and in drawing up “a cholera reposte strategy” and Dawnus, a British company, has donated specialist instrument to assist with recovery.
United Kingdom has cordial relationship with Sierra Leone for many years now, it frequently deploys members of DFID, also the MoD to the country since British military forces interceded in the civil war in year 2000, also in the time of Ebola outbreak in 2014.
The United Nation stated it had been assessing country’s necessities and that “contingency strategies are ready to combat any potential crisis of
waterborne diseases like cholera, typhoid fever and diarrhoea”.