First mass burial to take place on Thursday after floods and mudslides kill more than 400 people in Sierra Leone.
"I called President Ernest Bai Koroma on Tuesday to express my and the condolences of Ghanaians on the tragic loss of lives and property following Monday's mudslide in Sierra Leone".
Whole houses were buried, and roads became rivers, when a hillside collapsed in Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown, in the early hours of Monday, after a night of heavy rain.
The Red Cross estimates that 600 people are still missing as the death toll from massive mudslides in Sierra Leone's capital is certain to rise.
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Authorities requested air conditioning units to keep the bodies cool but are in need of more protective gear such as masks, aprons, and glove disposal stations, said Idalia Amaya, an emergency relief co-ordinator for Catholic Relief Services. Half of the bodies recovered had already been buried by this time to prevent the spread of disease from decomposing corpses, and ease the pressure on the rundown city centre mortuary, which has been overwhelmed. Hundreds were killed and thousands rendered homeless.
Some 200 people are still missing from the mudslide, the agency said.
The world food Programme of the united nations has also begun to distribute aid to 7,500 people, while the United Kingdom has offered its support to its former colony, independent since 1961.
We have been in contact with the Start Network and other Start agencies in Sierra Leone to assess what rapid funding is available and to coordinate our response.
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Families were summoned to the central morgue on Wednesday to identify relatives, but many were unable to and officials were forced to proceed with the burial because the corpses were decomposing in the heat. Sayo Jalloh lost 17 members of her family including her son and brother.
"We are also fearful of outbreaks of diseases such as cholera and typhoid", he told the Thomson Reuters Foundation from Freetown. Deforestation for firewood and charcoal is another leading contributor to flooding and mudslides.
Almost 400 people are thought to have died but aid workers believe many more bodies are trapped in mud and rubble.
The prevailing sentiment among those in the disaster areas had shifted from shock and grief to anger at what is an annual problem in Freetown, she said, though never before on this scale.
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