AU calls for support to Sierra Leone following catastrophic mudslide killing hundreds

Source: Xinhua| 2017-08-15 19:18:34|Editor: Zhou Xin
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ADDIS ABABA, Aug. 15 (Xinhua) -- Expressing deep sorrow, the African Union (AU) has called for support from Africa and the international partners to Sierra Leone, following the catastrophic mudslide that has killed hundreds of people.

It is with deep shock that Moussa Faki Mahamat, Chairperson of the AU Commission, has learnt of the catastrophic mudslides that killed more than 300 people and left hundreds more destitute on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, according to an AU statement on Tuesday.

"My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones. The entire AU family stands united with the people and government of Sierra Leone during this difficult time," said the chairperson.

He has called on all Africans and the diaspora, as well as international partners, to support Sierra Leone and its public health system respond to this disaster, which occurred only two years after the country successfully ended transmission from the deadliest Ebola outbreak in living memory.