Deadly mudslides devastate Freetown, Sierra Leone

Published 1402 GMT (2202 HKT) August 19, 2017
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A volunteer digs a grave on August 17, 2017, at the Waterloo Cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Torrential rains triggered mudslides beginning on August 14, in the capital region of this West African nation. Stephanie Busari/CNN
A grave digger works on August 17, at the Waterloo Cemetery in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Stephanie Busari/CNN
Volunteer search-and-rescue workers carry a body on August 15, in Freetown, Sierra Leone, to a waiting ambulance. Stephanie Busari
Family photographs are recovered from a mudslide victim on August 17, in the Lumley mangrove of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Sources at the scene confirmed that the body of the young boy in this photo was recovered. Stephanie Busari/CNN
Bereaved relatives file into the Connaught mortuary in Freetown, Sierra Leone, on August 16, wearing protective equipment to view some 250 bodies as they search for their loved ones. "It is not easy seeing it as you enter the gate of the morgue," said Famata Samura, who failed to find the bodies of three cousins. "At the gate, you are advised ... not to come in if you are not bold and you should not cry when you are inside." Stephanie Busari/CNN
The remains of a building destroyed by mudslides sit in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Stephanie Busari/CNN
A soldier looks out at the massive debris field on August 15, as the military continues search-and-rescue efforts. Stephanie Busari/CNN