He said that the area was being cordoned off as people were being evacuated, including many still feared trapped in their homes.A spokesman for the Red Cross, Abubakarr Tarawallie, told the BBC that 179 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown.'We're trying to cordon (off) the area (and) evacuate the people.'People cried as they looked at the damage under steady rain, gesturing toward a muddy hillside where dozens of houses used to stand, a Reuters witness said.

At least 179 people have been killed and a further 300 are feared dead after a mudslide sparked by heavy rain crashed through part of Sierra Leone's capital.

Some 2,000 have been left homeless as houses were swept away in Regent, in the outskirts of Freetown, while roads turned into rampaging rivers as the mudslide struck.

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Sierra Leone's Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh said it was 'likely that hundreds are lying dead' and the total number of casualties is likely to rise.

Mr Foh told Reuters news agency that the disaster was 'so serious that I myself feel broken'.

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