Residents of the Regent area of Freetown, Sierra Leone, Over 1,000 people are said to have been killed by flood and mudslide that took place in Freetown about two weeks ago. where rescue efforts are still being carried out, say over a thousand lives have been lost.
Al Jazeera reports that, over 450 were reported dead, the number expected to rise with over 600 still missing.
According to head of the women of Regent,Elenoroh Jokomie Metzger, said on Sunday during services honoring the disaster’s victims“Over 1,000 perished in the mudslide and flood disaster, and we will never know the exact number.
Bishop Emeritus Arnold Temple on Sunday sermon at a Methodist church near Regent, said, may well be over 1,000 Sierra Leoneans we are mourning now. But why should about 1,000 of our compatriots’ lives end tragically like this?
Who should we really blame? We are bound at a point in the blame game to attribute the blame so that corrective measures can be put in place so that never again should we allow this to happen.
The first lady of Sierra Leone Sia Koroma also spoke during the ceremonies. She urged citizens to follow the government’s directives in solving the crisis, saying:
I stand here with a heavy heart. We have been through many calamities in our country.
We should all do self-examination and learn to be obedient to man-made laws, especially when the government plans to take action for the development of the country.
Over 3000 people are said to have been rendered homeless in the disaster, with relief efforts still ongoing.
Thousands of people living in areas at risk during heavy rains have been evacuated. Aid groups are delivering supplies and helping provide clean water to prevent a health crisis.
Some critics accuse Sierra Leone’s government of failing to learn from past disasters in Freetown, where many poor areas are near sea level and lack good drainage. The capital is also plagued by unregulated construction on its hillsides.
Source: AP news agency