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Sierra Leone floods: Over 400 people dead, 600 missing, says Red Cross

The displaced in Sierra Leone are still sleeping outside because there are not enough shelters

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Sierra Leone floods: Over 400 people dead, 600 missing, says Red Cross
Sierra Leone floods. Photo: Reuters

The death toll from devastating in has passed 400 while an estimated 600 remain missing, a senior Red Cross official said today.

"Today we are counting more than 400 people dead," the president of the Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, Elhadj As Sy, told reporters in Geneva.

An unofficial morgue toll had previously put the toll at around 400 dead, but the figure had not been officially confirmed.

Sy said the government of the West African country was facing a crisis "way beyond (its) capacity" and appealed to the community to significantly ramp up its support.

The displaced are still sleeping outside "because there are not enough shelters for everybody," he said.

Responding to the crisis that began on Monday will require "a combination of efforts from all people," he added.

The Red Cross said it will launch an emergency funding appeal later today.

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First Published: Fri, August 18 2017. 15:24 IST