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David O’Hare reports from Freetown in Sierra Leone where hundreds lost their lives in a massive landslide on 14 August.
I wake up on my first morning in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, to the sound of torrential rain outside.
I know that this sound must strike fear in people from Matome on the outskirts of Freetown. There was torrential rain right through the night and into the early morning of Monday 14 August when disaster struck their community.
Trócaire is providing 'dignity kits' to people from the communities hit by a devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone. At least 500 people are known to have died, while many more are still unaccounted for.
Last Monday, 14 August, a mudslide swept through hillside communities in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The slopes of Mount Sugar Loaf above Freetown have suffered years of deforestation. That, coupled with recent heavy rains, sent the mudslide speeding down the mountain.