Over 400 are dead while thousands have been rendered homeless.

People continue to search through tons of mud and debris amidst the remains of collapsed buildings.

Many people have been unable to find loved ones as many victims were too mangled and decomposed to be identified.

Large-scale burials have begun as an estimated 600 people remain missing.

The UN humanitarian agency put the death toll at 419 after the flooding and mudslides in the West African nation's capital, Freetown, on Monday morning.

Rainfall remains in the forecast for the coming days, slowing recovery efforts and bringing the threat of further mudslides.

Some critics accuse the government of not learning from past disasters in a city where many poor areas are near sea level and lack good drainage. The capital is also plagued by unregulated construction on its hillsides.

President Ernest Bai Koroma joined mourners for burials on Thursday where he vowed to hold respectful burials for all.

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