The death toll from last week’s devastating landslide near Sierra Leone capital Free Town has reached 500. The city’s chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday.
The incident happened after one side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed after heavy rain, burying parts of Regent town and overwhelming relief efforts in one of the world’s poorest countries.
Authorities this week buried 461 bodies in quickly-dug graves in the nearby Waterloo cemetery, near the site of a mass burial for victims of the Ebola crisis that killed 4,000 people in the former British colony between 2014 and 2016.
Thirty-eight more bodies were found on Sunday, said chief coroner Seneh Dumbuya, bringing the official death toll to 499. They were being sent for immediate burial, he said. The Red Cross said on Friday that over 600 are still missing.