- Title: Hundreds of graves dug for flood victims in Sierra Leone
- Date: 17th August 2017
- Summary: WATERLOO, SIERRA LEONE (AUGUST 17, 2017) (PART MUTE) (REUTERS) GRAVES IN CEMETERY WHERE EBOLA VICTIMS WERE BURIED PEOPLE DIGGING GRAVES MAN LOOKING ON AS PEOPLE DIG GRAVES MAN DIGGING GRAVE ANOTHER MAN DIGGING GRAVE ROW OF GRAVES, PERSON STANDING WITH SHOVEL PEOPLE GATHERED AT CEMETERY SITE WAITING FOR BURIAL CEREMONY MAN IN CROWD WAITING FOR BURIAL CEREMONY ANOTHER MAN IN CROWD WAITING FOR BURIAL CEREMONY
- Embargoed: 31st August 2017 18:26
- Keywords: Sierra Leone mudslide victims mass burial grave digging severe weather
- Location: WATERLOO, SIERRA LEONE
- City: WATERLOO, SIERRA LEONE
- Country: Sierra Leone
- Topics: Disaster/Accidents,Floods
- Reuters ID: LVA0016UJQDZB
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Workers dug graves in Sierra Leone on Thursday (August 17) for the bodies of hundreds of people killed after a severe mudslide hit the area on Monday (August 14).
The government said it was preparing to bury almost 400 killed in the devastating mudslide and floods. The bodies will be buried in the same cemetery used during the 2014-16 Ebola outbreak, in Waterloo, near the capital Freetown.
Up to 200 graves had already been dug by early afternoon on Thursday.
A mass burial of 150 took place earlier this week, said the U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Families were summoned to the central morgue on Wednesday (August 16) 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.
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