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In Sierra Leone, Another Mudslide, 2 Dead, 1 Hospitalized
By Bintu Aminata Sesay
Aug 19, 2010, 21:28
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Shortly after thirteen (13) people lost their lives in a mudslide at  Owen Street in Freetown, another mudslide has taken place at Cold Water , Benz Garage, off Black Hall Road, Freetown.

The sad incident which took place in the early hours of Wednesday 18th August 2010, left  two people, a- five -year old girl and a- four- month baby death and a pregnant woman badly injured and currently  hospitalized .This disaster occurred  following the  heavy down pour of  rain at  the early hours of Wednesday.

 

According to eyewitness report, due to the heavy rain fall a concrete banking of the houses of the decease collapsed breaking the walls of the houses where the deceased were sleeping. Reports say the walls of these houses were constructed with mud bricks and could not withstand the pressure from the running water from the hillside. Reports furthered that the two houses were broken by the mud slide and some heavy stones that bulldozed their way in the houses and hit the five year old girl, the four months old baby and the pregnant woman.


According to reports, the corpses have been conveyed to the mortuary while injured pregnant woman is slowly responding to medical treatment at the Connaught Hospital.


Few minutes following the disaster, a team from the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society came and offered assistance to the victims. This was followed by visits by Government officials including the Minister of Health and Sanitation Mohamed D. Koroma and the Mayor of the Freetown Municipality Herbert George Williams and team.


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