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Mass burial held for victims of Sierra Leone mudslide

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 01:02

Hundreds of victims killed in Sierra Leone's mudslide have been buried, while the search for missing people continues. No reporter narration.

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Burials began on Thursday (August 17) for 300 people killed in Sierra Leone's mudslide while the search went on for hundreds of others still missing. In a ceremony attended by President Ernest Bai Koroma, wooden coffins were lowered into hurriedly dug graves at a cemetery in Waterloo, as the country tried to begin recovering from one of Africa's worst flood disasters in living memory. At least 400 people were killed on Monday (August 14) when a torrent of mud swept away homes on the edge of Freetown. One hundred and fifty have already been buried. Meanwhile, the search for remaining bodies intensified at the mudslide site as aid agencies warned that corpses trapped in the mud are likely to contaminate water sources and cause outbreaks of disease. In total, approximately 600 people are missing, the Red Cross has said.

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Mass burial held for victims of Sierra Leone mudslide

Friday, August 18, 2017 - 01:02