Sierra Leone held a mass funeral Thursday for the hundreds of people killed in Monday’s devastating mudslide. The government buried bodies in a cemetery set up during the country’s Ebola outbreak outside the capital Freetown.
Rescue workers have recovered around 400 bodies so far. But the Red Cross told VICE News that the more than 600 people still missing should be presumed dead. Emergency responders and volunteers are racing to uncover those bodies before they decompose, potentially contaminating water sources and leading to outbreaks of disease. Persistent rain and the threat of another landslide are hampering those efforts.
VICE News spent the day with one man who survived the disaster, but then returned to the site to look for his roommates.