Official: More than 200 dead after Sierra Leone floods

August 14, 2017 - 8:53 am

FREETOWN, Sierra Leone (AP) — A morgue official in Sierra Leone's capital says more than 200 bodies have been brought in following heavy flooding and mudslides.

Sinneh Kamara, a coroner technician at the Connaught Hospital mortuary, told the national broadcaster early Monday that the number of corpses brought in has overwhelmed the facility.

He told the Sierra Leone National Broadcasting Corp. that bodies were on the floor of the morgue. Kamara also called on the health department to deploy more ambulances, saying his mortuary only has four.

Footage on television showed family members digging through mud in a desperate bid to free their loved ones.

Many of the impoverished areas of Sierra Leone's capital are close to sea level and have poor drainage systems, exacerbating flooding during this West African country's rainy season.

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