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Sierra Leone mudslide: Death toll nears 500 people and 810 missing

25 August, 02:08 PM

The death toll from the flood and mudslide disaster that struck Sierra Leone's capital in mid-August now exceeds 500 with 810 people listed as missing, the government said on Thursday.

"The death toll has risen slightly above 500," Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh said at a ceremony to receive relief supplies provided by Japan.

Government spokesperson Abdulai Bayratay said 810 people were listed as missing, a figure that concurs with estimates by NGOs in the past few days.

The city of Freetown was struck by devastating floods and a mudslide on the night of August 13, 2017. 

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