The death toll in Sierra Leone from the flooding and mud sliding last week has risen to almost 500 people. As of the 20th of August, there were about 600 people missing and about 10,000 people have been evacuated by the government from their homes. According to Aljazeera, this if one of Africa’s worst flooding incidents in recent history.
Parts of Reagent town were buried when a side of the Mount Sugar loaf collapsed as a result of heavy rainfall. Reagent town is on the outskirts of the nation’s capital, Freetown. Authorities buried 461 bodies last week, churches held memorial services. Displaced survivors have lost their homes and most of their belongings.
Foreign aid is being sent to Freetown from all over the world. Clean water, bread and milk are being distributed to the survivors. According to local authorities, shelters are yet to be provided for those who were displaced from their homes.