A huge rock at the edge of a ravine at Culvert along Bai Bureh Road, a few yards from the Bumeh dumping site in the East end of Freetown collapsed yesterday killing four people and injured nine.
Inhabitants within the vicinity said the incident occurred at around 1:00 am during the torrential rain when almost everybody within the neighbourhood was asleep.
The huge stone with a mass of loose earth crashed down upon a structure positioned underneath it burying all the occupants.
Neighbours and security personnel rushed to the scene in a desperate bid to rescue them but the mudslides, torrential rains and lack of proper rescue equipment made it very difficult
The Member of Parliament representing Constituency 102 Hon. Eustace King said the Freetown City Council had already issued warning notices to the inhabitants to quit the area but they did not heed the advice.
He referred to the situation as pathetic and heart-breaking taking into cognizance the catastrophic dimension and further stated that he was again warning those dwelling in such a deadly spot to move forthwith as the area is a hazardous zone.
The Councilor in charge of the Ward Mr. Mohamed Kargbo buttressed the venture planned by City Council considering it as a drive to save lives and property. He extended sympathy to those who lost their loved ones.
He assured effort for relocation of those living in the area to safer and lively environment.
A team of technical officials from the Sierra Leone Roads Authority headed by Mr. J. M Swaray said that the incident took place as a result of the ceaseless downpour for the past week which had caused erosion. Their duty at that point he said was to rescue and put in place necessary measures to prevent future recurrence.
The nine injured are admitted at the Intensive Care Unit of the Connaught hospital while the dead are at the mortuary awaiting postmortem examinations by the Government Chief Forensic Pathologist Dr. Simeon Owiz Koroma. By Poindexter Sama