Sierra Leone Vice President Victor Foh said the death toll could be up to a hundred and that many are still buried underneath the debris.
“It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble,” Foh told Reuters news agency at the scene of the mudslide in the mountain town of Regent.
Several people are feared dead after a mudslide hit the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, officials and witnesses say.
Speaking to Dailypress24, Ishmeal Alfred Charles of the Healey International Relief Foundation, Freetown, described the situation as “disastrous”, saying that many houses have been “wiped away” by the rushing mudslide.
He said a number of illegal buildings had been erected in the area hit by the mudslide.
“The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken,” he said. “We’re trying to cordon [off] the area (and) evacuate the people.”
Rescue workers are trying to reach those trapped, after buildings were submerged in two areas of the city.