Victor Foh the Vice president of Sierra Leone on Monday said that 200 individuals have probably been killed in a mudslide at the outskirts of Freetown.
“It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble,” Foh told Reuters at the scene of this mudslide at the mountain town of Regent, adding that a variety of illegal buildings were built in the area community.
“The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken,” he added.
“We’re trying to cordon (off) the area (and) evacuate the people.”
The mudslide happened in the early morning at the mountain town of Regent, where a large number of houses were submerged after a night of heavy rain.
A significant rescue operation is currently underway even though emergency workers are trying hard to get to the worst-affected locations.
Mudslides and flooding are quite prevalent throughout the rainy season in West Africa, where deforestation and bad town planning placing citizens in danger.