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    SIERRA LEONE DECLARES SEVEN-DAY NATIONAL MOURNING

    A seven-day mourning has been declared by Sierra Leone's Ernest Bai
    Koroma, following a mudslide that claimed over 300 lives and left
    thousands displaced.
    The national mourning for victims begins on Wednesday, 3news.com gathers.

    A statement picked up from media firms in Sierra Leone said flags will
    also fly at half mast until Tuesday, when the mourning ends.
    "The President has further decided to invoke MAC-C (Military Aid to
    Civil Community) and to raise the national security threat level to
    level 3 in direct response to the unfolding emergency situation," the
    statement said.
    President Koroma has called for international help as search parties
    still continue to find hundreds missing.
    Sierra Leoneans have been asked to observe a minute's silence for
    victims at midday Wednesday.

    The mudslide on Monday occurred after heavy rainfall in Freetown. It
    left an entire village buried under the stubble.
    Aid has come from several countries including Israel and USA while
    rescue teams have been discharged by other nations.



    Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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