Free­town, Sierra Leone

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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.

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