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Rescue called off after deadly Sierra Leone bridge collapse

Rescuers said on Monday they have called off the search for survivors after a decades-old bridge collapsed in heavy rain in the capital of Sierra Leone, killing six people. The King Jimmy crossing, which connects the west of Freetown with the city centre, came down around 04:00 am (0400 GMT) on Friday. Rescue workers, military officers and policemen pulled six bodies from the rubble and scoured the accident site for survivors as torrential rain continued to lash the city over the weekend.

At least six killed as Sierra Leone bridge collapses

FREETOWN (Reuters) - At least six homeless people sleeping under a bridge in the heart of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown were crushed to death early on Friday when the bridge collapsed in a landslide caused by heavy rain, the country's police inspector general said. The Jimmy Bridge, heavily used by both vehicles and pedestrians, collapsed between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. (0200 and 0300 GMT). Six bodies were recovered, all of them homeless people who had been sleeping under the structure.

Sierra Leone bridge collapses in heavy rain, six dead

At least six people were killed when a decades-old bridge collapsed in heavy rain in the capital of Sierra Leone on Friday, leaving dozens feared trapped in the rubble and sparking a major rescue operation, police said. The King Jimmy crossing, which connects the west of the capital with the city centre, collapsed at around 04:00 am. Six bodies were recovered from the scene, police said in a statement, without giving details about the victims. "Many more are still believed to be trapped in the wreckage," a senior security official told reporters.

Sierra Leone hopes cricket can help heal war wounds

By Nina de Vries FREETOWN, Feb 1 (Reuters) - It has no fence around it or any grass on its pitch but the Kingtom Oval cricket ground represents for many inhabitants of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown a reminder of happier times before the West African country's brutal civil war. The only cricket ground to have survived the 11-year conflict, which killed some 50,000 people and devastated the impoverished country's infrastructure, the Oval is now the focus of an attempt to revive the sport.

Sierra Leone rations fuel as shortage bites

By Tommy Trenchard FREETOWN, 8 Jan (Reuters) - Scuffles broke out at service stations in Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Tuesday after the government restricted fuel deliveries to deal with a shortage threatening to bring the West African nation to a halt. Trade Minister Richard Conteh blamed the scarcity of fuel on an unexpected halt to shipments from the country's main fuel suppliers in Ivory Coast and Benin.
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