Gambian officials in Sierra Leone to show solidarity following mudslide disaster

Gambian officials in Sierra Leone to show solidarity following mudslide disaster

Gambia’s Minister of Information, Demba Ali Jawo led a delegation from the West African nation to show solidarity with the people of Sierra Leone.

Jawo visited the site that was the hardest in the slums of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, where he saw firsthand the extent of the damage.

More than 370 people died last month in the impoverished West African nation that is emerging from the Ebola epidemic.

Jawo says it was “quite a sorrowful site” after visiting hundreds of people displaced by the flooding and mudslides.

Freetown is an overcrowded city of about 1.2 million people and has thousands of makeshift settlements that are easily destroyed by heavy rains.

At least two Gambian cities were also hit by heavy rains, which destroyed homes in suburbs outside Banjul and in the provincial town of Kuntaur.

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