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Sierra Leone mudslides: As survivors pick through debris, 600 missing are likely dead

Freetown (Sierra Leone): Survivors picking through the debris of Sierra Leone's deadly mudslides are facing the reality that most, if not all, of the estimated 600 people missing are dead.

A family in Sierra Leone watches as a soldier enforces quarantine. AFP.

Representational image. AFP

The death toll is already above 450 from the flooding and mudslides in the capital, Freetown, early on Monday.

Large-scale-burials have begun amid rainy weather and the threat of further mudslides.

Rescue officials have warned that the chances of finding survivors "are getting smaller every day".

The government in recent days has warned residents to evacuate a mountainside where a large crack has opened. Authorities have told local media that thousands of people live in areas at risk, and the main focus is making sure people leave before further disaster.

Bodies have been washing up on shore in the seaside city.


Updated Date: Aug 19, 2017 16:59 PM

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