Didier Drogba took to his twitter handle to react to the silence from international communities on the tragic incident, while concurring that if it was Paris, hashtags of PrayForParis would be everywhere!
On August 14, a hillside collapsed at 6am local time (06:00 GMT) mudslide and caused a mudslide that killed hundreds on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.
The mudslide had occurred after three days of torrential rain which overwhelmed Freetown’s drainage system, creating waterways that churned down steep streets across the capital.
The mudslide swept away homes, overran several houses killing hundreds of residents, many of whom were trapped inside their homes Many residents who survived were left desperate for news of missing family members.
The flooding took place in the mountain town of Regent, on the outskirts of Freetown. Located about 16km from the capital, the town of roughly one million people sits between the Atlantic Ocean and a range of hills.
Many people in Regent live in informal settlements on steep hillsides.
The death toll rose to nearly 500 with at least 109 children among those who have been killed.
It is estimated that at least 600 people remain missing.
After the mudslide, the morgue at Freetown’s Connaught Hospital was so overwhelmed by dead bodies that many of them were left on the floor for lack of space.
More than 3,000 people lost their homes in the mudslide in Sierra Leone, which killed at least 499 people, with more than 600 still missing.
“It is difficult to know the precise number of victims,” says volunteer body collector Fessellie Marah, “because so many bodies were broken apart. We are still finding body parts in the rubble”.
The side of Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed onto a community called Regent at around 05:45 on Monday morning. It sent a torrent of water, mud and rocks hurtling down the valley, also crushing houses in two other areas: Kamayama and Kaningo.