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At least 461 confirmed dead in Sierra Leone mudslide

Staff Writer |
At least 461 people are now confirmed dead in a mudslide this week in Sierra Leone, with the number of the dead expected to rise.

President Ernest Bai Koroma attended a mass burial for the victims, about a third of which were children, at a cemetery outside Freetown as the Red Cross said about 600 people remained missing.

"Bodies are still coming," a morgue official told the Telegraph.

A night of heavy rain on Monday in the town of Regent caused the widespread flooding and mudslides that swept away homes and ultimately resulted in hundreds of deaths throughout the week.

Presidential spokesman Abdulai Bayraytay said about 20,000 people have been displaced by the mudslides, including 5,000 children.

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