Sierra Leone appeals for urgent help after deadly floods

Sierra Leone’s president issued a desperate appeal for help, a day after flooding ravaged the country’s capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds more missing.

resident Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears and said the devastation was “overwhelming us,” as he toured Regent, one of the worst-hit areas. “Entire communities have been wiped out,” Koroma said Tuesday. “We need urgent support now.”

The Red Cross said 600 people were still missing. Foreign governments began mobilizing aid, with Israel pledging to provide clean water, medicines, blankets and other essentials.

The UN said it was evaluating humanitarian needs in the country and that “contingency plans are being put in place,” according to spokesman Stephane Dujarric.