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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 15 December 2018

President Sheikh Khalifa orders urgent relief for Sierra Leone

A mudslide buried hundreds of people in Freetown on Monday

A mudslide buries part of the mountain town of Regent in Sierra Leone on Monday. Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters
A mudslide buries part of the mountain town of Regent in Sierra Leone on Monday. Afolabi Sotunde / Reuters

President Sheikh Khalifa has called for urgent relief to be sent to Sierra Leone after a landslide killed 300 people and displaced hundreds more on Monday.

Heavy rains caused a mudslide in the country's capital Freetown which buried an untold number of people in their homes.

The UAE is one of the first donor countries to announce emergency relief, a result of the country's policy of 'rapid response' to natural and human disasters, the state news agency Wam reported.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said the aid would be provided through the World Food Programme.