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Mudslide devastates African nation Sierra Leone; see pics

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Fri August 18 2017, 1:02 pm
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    Devastating floods in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown killed some 300 people and estimated 600 people still missing. Freetown also is plagued by unregulated construction of large residential houses in hilltop areas. Deforestation for firewood and charcoal is another leading contributor to flooding and mudslides. (AP Photo)

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    In this satellite image of the mudslide, centre left, in Freetown Sierra Leone made available by DigitalGlobe. The death toll from mudslides and flooding in the capital of Sierra Leone has topped 300, and the Red Cross estimates that another 600 people are still missing. The president of the West African nation says it is in a state of grief and mourning, with many survivors still in shock. (AP Photo)

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    The United Nations said it was evaluating humanitarian needs in Sierra Leone, while the first Israeli aid packages were sent and Britain pledged its support. (AP Photo)

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    Burials began on Thursday for 300 people killed in Sierra Leone's mudslide while the search went on for hundreds of others still missing. (Reuters)

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    President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears on Tuesday as he visited the devastated hilltop community of Regent, saying the scale of the challenge ahead was "overwhelming us". (AP Photo)

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    Queen Elizabeth II expressed her sadness over the disaster that has killed more than 300 people. (Reuters)

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    The government of Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, has promised relief to more than 3,000 people left homeless, opening an emergency response centre in Regent and registration centres to count those left on the streets. (Reuters)

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    UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York the UN country team was "supporting national authorities in rescue operations, helping evacuate residents, providing medical assistance to the injured, registering survivors, and providing food rations, water and dignity kits to those affected." (AP Photo)

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    The Red Cross says 600 people are still missing, while more than 300 are already confirmed dead. (Reuters)

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    Adele Fox, national health coordinator for Sierra Leone for the charity Concern Worldwide, told AFP that the search for bodies continued but the survivors were facing difficult conditions. (Reuters)

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    The sentiment among those in the disaster areas had shifted from shock and grief to anger at what is an annual problem in Freetown, though never before on this scale. (Reuters)

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    There is some frustration over the regularity of flooding and destruction during the rainy season and its effects. (Reuters)

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    Soldiers and volunteers with shovels and pickaxes dug through the perilous site of a mudslide in Sierra Leone in search of hundreds of bodies believed still buried days after the disaster. (Reuters)

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    Sierra Leone has pleaded for international assistance as it reels from yet another disaster just a couple of years after the Ebola outbreak that left thousands in the region dead. (Reuters)

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    With rain forecast for at least the coming week, the threat of further mudslides around Freetown remained. Many poor areas are near sea level and have poor drainage systems, which makes flooding worse during the rainy season. (Reuters)

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