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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Sierra Leone’s President Begs For Aid, Says Disaster Overwhelming





Sierra Leone's President, Ernest Bai Koroma Said Tuesday That His Country Needed “ Urgent Support Now ” For Thousands Of People Affected By Massive Flooding And Mudslides In The Capital Of One Of The World ’ S Poorest Nations .

Addressing the media in the Regent hilltop community of Freetown , one of the areas hit hardest by a mudslide that has destroyed homes , Koroma fought back tears as he said the devastation “was overwhelming us ”.


                   

“Entire communities have been wiped out," Koroma said at the disaster site , where heavy rains streaming down the hillside engulfed homes three or four stories high on Monday , many of them built illegally.

The Red Cross has said it was struggling to bring enough equipment to the site to excavate those buried deeply in the mud , but several bodies were extracted by available machinery at the site on Tuesday morning , according to an AFP journalist at the scene.



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