The government of Ghana is set to deliver relief items to the Republic of Sierra Leone as the nation mourns the loss of over 400 lives in a flood disaster.
This was revealed by the Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister, Charles Owiredu after conferring with the minister of NADMO officials and the minister of finance.
“We are also trying in our own small way to put together a package”, she stated.
Ghana’s Deputy Foreign Minister said clothes, mosquito nets and blankets are some of the items that would be heading to Sierra Leone, 738 miles away by air travel.
Addressing the nation after the devastating disaster, the president of Sierra Leone Ernest Bai Koroma stated that the disaster was overwhelming as such the country will need an external help.
“the incident was overwhelming us”. “Entire communities have been wiped out,”. “We need urgent support now.” He noted.
The mayor of Freetwon, Sierra Leonean capital, Sam Gibson, said 270 corpses had been recovered and were “being prepared for burial”, while the chief coroner told Reuters that nearly 400 bodies had been found.
Estimates of the numbers missing vary: the Red Cross reported that 600 people have not been traced, while the country’s Interior Minister has said thousands are unaccounted for.