Boris Johnson, the Foreign Secretary, has expressed sympathy over the recent flooding and landslides in Sierra Leone. Although the death toll isn’t yet known, it is thought that around 300 people have been killed.
Johnson said in a statement:
“I am deeply saddened by the tragic loss of life caused by the heavy flooding and landslides around the Freetown peninsula in Sierra Leone in the early hours of today. My thoughts and prayers are with all those affected at this horrific time. We are working with the Government of Sierra Leone to provide support where necessary”.
A representative for the Red Cross said:
“The central hospital is completely overwhelmed so we’ve begun sending them to other hospitals as well. The other big problem is that many people have been left homeless and need shelter, clothing, blankets. We’re trying to do what we can. We’ll see how things continue to play out over the day. For now we’re helping to collect the dead”.