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Threat looms of more mudslides in Sierra Leone amid burials

Threat looms of more mudslides in Sierra Leone amid burials”

"Britain was at the forefront in tackling that deadly disease and we remain shoulder to shoulder with Sierra Leone today after these devastating events".

A total of 409 bodies have been recovered, while around 600 people are still missing and 3,000 have been left homeless after the disaster struck on Monday.

Forty people were killed in a landslide on Thursday in a fishing village in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, said Pacifique Keta, the vice governor of Ituri province, adding that a search was under way for bodies buried in mud. The Office of National Security said a crack has opened on the side of a mountain where residents were told to evacuate.

With more rain forecast for the coming week, further mudslides are possible.

Thousands have lost their homes in impoverished, low-lying areas of Freetown and surrounding communities.

Dr. Owiss Koroma, the government's chief pathologist, said the confirmed death toll from the mudslide and flooding was at least 350.

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With the aim of clearing the overflowing central morgue, burials began around 1800 GMT in Waterloo, a nearby town where many victims of the Ebola crisis that hit the nation in 2014 were also laid to rest, according to a morgue official and an AFP journalist at the scene.

More than 100 children are among the victims.

"We fear there are no more survivors", he said.

The main focus is getting people away from areas still under threat, Zuliatu Cooper, the deputy minister of health and sanitation, told The Associated Press.

Chairman of the Friendship Link, Richard Homewood, said: "Sierra Leone was already in a fragile state post-Ebola and the Hastings community will find it hard to cope with this still-unfolding disaster, we need to get help to those in need as soon as possible".

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