Sierra Leone: Red Cross appeals for global support

They still hope to find survivors "but the chances are getting smaller every day".

Local people transfer their belongings to a secured area on the site of the mudslide in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, on August 17, 2017.

Approximately 400 people had been confirmed killed and 600 more remained missing from the disaster early Monday.

At least 122 of the victims are children, and a similar number have been orphaned by the disaster, aid group Save the Children said.

"This disaster is not too far from us".

Burials have begun in a cemetery that holds victims of the 2014-15 Ebola outbreak that killed thousands in the West African country. Rainfall remains in the forecast for the coming days, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides. Some 600 others are missing and feared dead.

Sierra Leone's representative to the Republic of Korea, Ambassador Omrie Michael Golley, said the government of South Korea will assist Sierra Leone with the disaster relief efforts after the devastating mudslide and flooding in and around Freetown.

The government has warned Freetown residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack has opened.

"Mr Gnassingbe presented his Sierra Leonean counterpart, Ernest Bai Koroma, a cheque of 200,000 dollars from the ECOWAS Commission, another cheque of 100,000 dollars from the West African Health Organisation (WAHO) and fund transfer of 100,000 dollars from the ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID)", said a statement from the ECOWAS commission.

Many poor areas are near sea level and lack good drainage.

Citizens and experts alike have questioned why Koroma's government has not done more to tackle illegal construction in the overcrowded capital of Freetown.

An estimated 3,000 people are now homeless in the capital, Freetown, and surrounding communities.

Reports out of Sierra Leone confirm that 270 corpses have been recovered and prepared for burial, while another 400 bodies have been found.

For the thousands of survivors left homeless, United Nations agencies distributed food and hygiene kits to those sheltering in government centres and in the homes of neighbours and family members.


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