Sierra Leone declares a week of national mourning after mudslide

A minute of silence has been held in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown in honour of the hundreds of people killed in Monday’s devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the city.

Nearly 400 people are thought to have died but aid workers believe many more bodies are trapped in mud and rubble.

Sunil Saigal is the United Nations Resident Coordinator for Sierra Leone: “We now believe that very sadly the rescue part will come to an end as the hope of finding further survivors diminishes, but of course it remains a priority to recover the remains of those who perished in the landslide but also equally to help survivors and help the community.”