(JNS.org) Israel has started sending humanitarian aid to Sierra Leone following a deadly mudslide in the West African country that left hundreds dead.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the assistance will come through Israel’s embassy in nearby Senegal.
According to Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon, as of Tuesday, Israel had already sent enough food for 10,000 meals, and medical shipments were being prepared.
Authorities in Sierra Leone said more than 400 people were killed in and around the country’s capital of Freetown after heavy rains Monday triggered a massive mudslide. The Red Cross said 600 people are still missing. By early Wednesday, some 297 bodies had been recovered.
Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma said the country was in a “state of grief” over the natural disaster and has appealed for international assistance to his impoverished country.