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    Hundreds Feared Dead in Sierra Leone Mudslide - Vice President

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    Hundreds of people are feared dead in Sierra Leone mudslide, country's vice president Victor Foh said Monday.

    "It is likely that hundreds are lying dead underneath the rubble," Foh told Reuters at the scene of the mudslide in the mountain town of Regent.

    After heavy rains a hillside in the Regent area in Sierra Leone collapsed on Monday morning. The mudslide buried many houses. Hundreds of people feared trapped inside.

    Meanwhile, more than 200 unidentified bodies, of which include 60 children, were taken to the Connaught Hospital mortuary in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, following landslides caused by heavy rain, local media reported on Monday.

    According to The Sierra Leone Telegraph newspaper, more than 100 people are presumed dead in the landslide in the town of Regent, located near Freetown.

    Local media and witnesses posted images of flooded streets and local residents trudging through water mixed with mud.

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