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Uhuru mourns with Sierra Leone after mudslide kills at least 270

President Uhuru Kenyatta has mourned the death of 310 people following Monday’s Sierra Leone mudslide.

He said in a statement on Tuesday that Kenya will stand and support those affected by the tragedy.

“Kenya and Sierra Leone are allies, partners, and friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with those whose lives were lost, and with all those who were injured.”

Over 310 people were killed after heavy rains swept swathes of land in the country on Monday.

Uhuru congratulated those helping in the rescue mission.

“We acknowledge that they are doing their best to find, to protect, and to heal the survivors of this tragedy.”

“The spirit of African solidarity remains strong. We assure President Ernest Bai Koroma that Kenya will provide any assistance we can,” Uhuru said on Tuesday.

“We pray that God will grant the people of Sierra Leone the strength they will need to get through this difficult time.”

Sierra Leone Red Cross head Abu Bakkar Tarawallie said that the death toll could rise since more bodies are probably buried in the debris.

The country has experienced heavy rains since July 1 causing damages worth billions of Leones and displacing over 1,000 people.

“I am very disturbed by this national tragedy and with a heavy heart, let me extend profound condolences to the bereaved families,” Koroma said on Monday.

“This is not a tragedy for you alone but for every Sierra Leonean. The people who have perished in this disaster are our compatriots.”

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