“There are dead bodies in the water and littering some of the streets, and houses are still under water,” an NGO worker in Freetown said.
Torrential rains caused massive flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone's capital on Monday, killing hundreds with an untold number still missing.
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At least 3,000 homes are thought to have been submerged. So far, 312 corpses have been recovered, according to a Red Cross spokesperson, and Freetown’s mayor, Sam Gibson, warned that the total death toll would rise.
Sierra Leone's president, Ernest Bai Koroma, appealed for urgent international help on Tuesday — declaring a state of emergency and saying the catastrophe “was overwhelming us.”
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“Entire communities have been wiped out,” Koroma told the media. “We need urgent support now.”
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