Five bodies, including those of two children, were taken to a morgue in Conakry, senior police official Boubacar Kasse said.

Three other bodies were later recovered from the landslide.

Dozens of injured people were taken to hospital, police said.

The incident happened in Hamdallai, located in the district of Ratoma, after week-long heavy rains.

"The rubbish fell onto three homes," said Kasse, the police commissioner for Conakry.

"There are still many people buried, and we have to do everything possible to save them. We have to get diggers in. Access to the area is very difficult."

Police deployed in the area in large numbers as rescue teams strive to look for survivors, the AFP reporter said. Two people were brought out alive.

The incident happened eight days after a mudslide and flooding struck Freetown, the capital of neighbouring Sierra Leone, killing nearly 500 people.

According to the Red Cross, at least 600 there are also missing.

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