President Sirleaf Consoles Sierra Leoneans

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A section of Sugar Loaf Mountain came down at around 6 a.m., when many people would have been at home sleeping or just getting up for the day.

Almost 300 people were so far confirmed killed after heavy rains in the early hours of Monday triggered a devastating mudslide that hit an area on the outskirts of Freetown, Sierra Leone's capital.

He said: "We pray that God will rest the souls of the departed in peace; that he will comfort the bereaved; and that he will grant the people of Sierra Leone the strength they will need to get through this hard time".

Also Tuesday, the Israeli aid agency IsrAID said that it had a team on the ground who were "providing relief and psycho social support" for those effected.

Sierra Leone's national television broadcaster interrupted regular programming to show scenes of people digging through mud to retrieve the dead bodies of loved ones.

Kenyatta said the spirit of African solidarity remains strong and has assured President Ernest Koroma that Kenya will provide any necessary assistance.

The floods on Monday ravaged the country's capital, killing more than 300 people and leaving hundreds more missing. The rescue efforts in the area continue.

"Entire communities have been wiped out", Koroma said at the disaster site, where heavy rains streaming down the hill caused a landslide and engulfed homes three or four storeys high on Monday, many of them built illegally.

The Red Cross said it was struggling to get equipment in to extricate bodies that were buried deep in the mud.

The Sierra Leone meteorological department did not issue any warning ahead of the torrential rains to hasten evacuation from the disaster zones, AFP's correspondent based in Freetown said.

According to the release, President Sirleaf, on behalf of the Government and people of Liberia, and in her own name, extended to the Sierra Leonean President, and through him, the Government and people of Sierra Leone, especially families of the victims, Liberia's heartfelt condolences, and best wishes for the speedy and full recovery of the injured.

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