Hundreds missing in Sierra Leone mudslides likely dead

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The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, on Saturday handed over relief items and cash worth a total of $1 million to the government and people of Sierra Leone in the wake of the flooding disaster that struck the country a few days ago.

He went on to note that they can not sit down as a country whilst Sierra Leone goes through such hard times, saying that Ghana and Sierra Leone are children of the same mother.

Items donated by Ghana government include food, medicines, clothes and logistics.

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He also reported on sending 45 experts from the Ghana National Disaster Management agency to give support on the ground and presented a letter of condolence from President Akufo-Addo.

Two of the coaches telescoped into each other, while four others toppled over after going off the track, said Arvind Kumar, a top official in Uttar Pradesh, the state where the derailment occurred. Ghana and Sierra Leone, the president said, have a common history and have been enjoying bilateral relations for decades.

Ghana's National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), together with some volunteers are also now in the country to offer technical assistance and train Sierra Leonean officials on disaster management.

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"Following recent events in the Freetown area of Sierra Leone, which has seen more than 200 lives sadly taken in a mudslide, we can confirm that the Walsall FC Sierra Leone team are all safe and well and we send them our prayers and well wishes".

The mudslide, which has displaced over 20,000 people, including 5,000 children, presidential spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay told reporters, is leaving the country with many more problems than answers.

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