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270 bodies recovered from Sierra Leone mudslide

DEVESTATION: The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered

"RESCUE WORKERS have recovered 270 bodies so far from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown and the search continues for more", reports Reuters.

Dozens of houses were covered in mud when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent on Monday (August 14), and has become one of the deadliest natural disasters in Africa in recent years.

Speaking on the tragic news, Freetown mayor Sam Gibson told reporters:

"We have a total of 270 corpses which we are now preparing for burial."

According to a Reuters witness, The mass burial today (August 15) will free-up space for more bodies in the central morgue, which is overloaded.

President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents of Regent and other flooded areas around Freetown to evacuate immediately so that military personnel and other rescue workers could continue to search for survivors that might be buried underneath debris.

Rescue centres have been set up around the capital to register and assist victims, he said in a television address on Monday evening (August 14).

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