The death toll from devastating floods in Sierra Leone has climbed to more than 400 people with hundreds still missing in the stricken capital.
Burials and recovery efforts continued on Friday amid the threat of further disaster.
The Red Cross put the death toll at 409 after flooding and mudslides shook Freetown on Monday morning.
“Today we are counting more than 400 people dead,” Elhadj As Sy, secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, saids in Geneva.
Jens Laerke, spokesman for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva, said the toll “may rise”, noting the number of people still missing.
The UN humanitarian agency said it still hopes to find survivors “but the chances are getting smaller every day”.
READ MORE ON ALJAZEERA.COM: Sierra Leone mudslide – What, where and why?
Large-scale burials have begun as an estimated 600 people remain missing. People continue to search through tonnes of mud and …