China offers to help Sierra Leone


A Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson has said that China is ready to provide assistance in dealing with the mudslide catastrophe, reports Xinhua.

Over 300 people have been reported dead in a mudslide and flooding in the West African nation’s capital, Freetown on Monday.

“I counted over 300 bodies and more are coming,” Mohamed Sinneh, a morgue technician at Freetown’s Connaught Hospital, told AFP, having earlier described an “overwhelming number of dead” at the facility leaving no space to lay out every body.

As search operations continue, the number of those dead is expected to increase. Over 2000 people have are homeless due to the natural disaster.

The Chinese Embassy in Sierra Leone has launched emergency procedures and is closely monitoring the situation according to the spokesperson.

President Ernest Bai Koroma said in an address to the nation broadcast on television late Monday that an emergency response centre had been established at Regent, the worst-affected area. The President has called on support to help the flood victims.