Sierra Leone mortuaries overflowing with corpses

A woman grieves over the death of her relative on the site of the mudslide in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone photo-Global times

A woman grieves over the death of her relative on the site of the mudslide in Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone photo-Global times

From TETEH KAMARA in Freetown, Sierra Leone
FREETOWN, (CAJ News) – MORTUARIES in Sierra Leone are overflowing with corpses as the West African country battles to come to terms with severe mudslides that left over 1 000 people dead recently.
The mudslides triggered by continuous heavy rain hit Regent and Lumley in the capital Freetown, pummelling thousands of makeshift settlements that were home to the city’s poorest communities.
At least 600 people have been reported missing.
At least 100 others have been injured.
The Red Cross said the number of causalities was likely to rise.
“As the morgues are overflowing with corpses, there is fear of the spread of disease and this devastating disaster will quickly morph into a public health emergency,” said a spokesperson in Freetown.
More than 1 600 families are affected by the devastation with houses destroyed and in need of immediate assistance of shelter, household items as well as water and sanitation facilities.
However, damaged roads, power outages and broken communication lines present huge challenges to reach and support the affected communities.
Meanwhile the crisis has sparked a HIV/Aids disaster in the poor country.
The United Nations Programme on HIV/Aids reported some people living with the condition had failed to disclose their status to the Office of National Security (ONS) for fear of stigma.
Some 14 orphans from HIV households have lost their parents and need immediate care and support.
Low stocks of antiretroviral (ARV) have been reported, forcing authorities to ration supplies.
CAJ News

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