SIERRA LEONE DECLARES SEVEN-DAY NATIONAL MOURNING

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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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