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Tearfund’s Country Representative in Sierra Leone speaks of the destruction he has witnessed, following the terrible flooding and landslides – as well as ‘a great outpouring of love’ in the affected areas.
Tearfund is currently working closely with its local partners in Sierra Leone to plan a response to this week’s deadly landslides, which have killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people.
Heavy rainfall caused severe flooding and significant landslides around Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown. 312 people are reported to have died with several thousand still missing. At least 2,000 people have lost their homes.
Gaston Slanwa, Tearfund’s Country Representative for Sierra Leone, has spoken about the flooding; ‘I drove around Freetown yesterday and saw several houses had disappeared, roads had completely gone. On one bridge I saw two people who were already dead being pulled out of the water then put in the ambulance right before my eyes.