Freetown, Sierra Leone
Killer landslide: Hundreds of people were killed in Sierra Leone on Monday when mudslides and torrential flooding engulfed the town of Regent on the outskirts of the capital, Freetown. Nearly 400 bodies had been recovered by Wednesday, but the final death toll is expected to be much higher: hundreds more may have been buried alive in their homes, at the foot of Sugarloaf Mountain, as they slept. An estimated 3,000 people have been left homeless. “The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken,” said the vice president, Victor Foh. The illegal construction of homes on the slopes of Sugarloaf is said to have left large areas denuded of tree cover and susceptible to catastrophic landslides.