Sierra Leone mudslide: Digging for survivors could stop

More than a week after devastating mudslides hit Sierra Leone, relief workers stated that the chance of finding survivors now are so slim that they should stop trying.

Journalist Crystal Oderson says that with hundreds dead and thousands displaced, this is one of the biggest tragedies in Africa. She estimates that the death toll is much higher than reported.

With the morgues not being able to cope with what's happening and in terms of just dealing with the amount of bodies, they are simply saying let it be.

Crystal Orderson, Journalist

Oderson says the country has declared a state of emergency, to deal with the immense humanitarian situation.

There's also a risk of water-borne diseases like cholera.

Neighbouring countries have stepped in to help.

This aid is greatly needed as Sierra Leone is still reeling from big issues from the past, according to Oderson.

A country like Sierra Leone, that has had civil war and Ebola, in terms of its infrastructure, can it rebuild itself?

Crystal Orderson, Journalist

For Orderson, the answer is no.

She says that you need money to come back from a disaster like this and since Sierra Leone is one of the poorer countries, restoring the country will be very difficult.

In other news from the continent, Angola had a peaceful election.

Orderson says the focus now is on vote counting. She adds the country is excited about the prospect of a new leader, as José Eduardo dos Santos has been president since 1979.

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