Britain donates millions to aid Sierra Leone

2017-08-18 14:03
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Gallery: Sierra Leone reels from deadly mudslides

More than 400 people have died and 600 still missing after a mudslide swept away homes on the edge of the capital, Freetown, in one of Africa's worst flood disasters in living memory.

Freetown — Britain says it is providing £5 million in emergency aid to victims of flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone.

International Development Secretary Priti Patel says "the international community must follow our lead" to save lives in the impoverished West African nation. The country is a former British colony.

More than 400 people have died and an estimated 600 are missing.

An estimated 3 000 people are now homeless in the capital, Freetown, and surrounding communities. The devastation comes as Sierra Leone recovers from the 2014-2015 Ebola outbreak that killed thousands.

More rain forecast is for the coming week and further mudslides are a threat.

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