Floods in Sierra Leone – level 3

17-08-2017 15:00

After flooding and mudslides following heavy rains, people recovered more than 200 bodies in the West African country of Sierra Leone.

A hillside collapsed during the night when people were sleeping, meaning that they were unable to flee. The death toll is expected to rise and over 2,000 people will be left homeless.

Makeshift housing in Sierra Leone means that whole settlements can be washed away by floods.

Difficult words: flee (escape), death toll (the number of deaths), makeshift (temporary – only for some time), settlement (a village).

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