View photos The government of Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, has promised relief to more than 3,000 people left homeless (AFP Photo/SAIDU BAH) More

Freetown (AFP) – Sierra Leone began a week of mourning Wednesday as it emerged that 105 children were among more than 300 people who perished in mudslides and torrential flooding, in one of the country’s worst natural disasters.

With 600 people still missing in Freetown, President Ernest Bai Koroma described the humanitarian challenge ahead as “overwhelming”.

He said flags would fly at half-mast and called for urgent help after visiting the devastated hilltop community of Regent on Tuesday.

Aid organisations meanwhile warned that the rainy season was not yet over and

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