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Sierra Leone mudslide survivors uncertain of future

Sierra Leone

Barley two weeks after a mudslide and flooding hit Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, survivors are still recounting the fateful night.

More than 1,000 people died in what has been described as one of Africa’s worst flooding-related disasters in years following heavy rain.

“The zinc house you see over there is mine. My brother who lost two of his children were staying near my place. Their house was flooded but the two children died because they were still in bed. Most of the people who died here were still in bed during the landslide, at that time it was raining. One of the people we lost was Captain Jimmy, he was my neighbor he died with his family. His wife was a police officer, they all died,” said Hassan Turay, mudslide victim.

Official says hundreds more remain missing, and relatives are losing hope that their loved ones will be found alive.

Sierra Leone faces a steep road to recovery. The government estimates that more than 3,000 people have been displaced.


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