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Dickens Olewe and Damian Zane

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  1. Scroll down for Monday's stories

    We'll be back tomorrow

    That's all from the BBC Africa Live page today. Keep up to date with what's happening in Sierra Leone and other stories on the continent by listening to the Africa Today podcast or checking the BBC News website.

    And we leave you with the latest images we've been getting from Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, of the impact of the flooding there:

    People walking through floods
    Flooded houses in Sierra Leone
  2. 'Heavy storms expected at this time'

    It is a time of year when big storms are normal in West Africa - winds form the north and the south collide over the region.

    BBC Weather says that there is the potential for more rain over the next two days.

    The BBC's Tomasz Schafernaker explains how these storms form:

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    Video caption: Devastating mudslides in Sierra Leone
  3. 'So many homes, so many people'

    The latest tweet from the Society for Climate Change Communication in Sierra Leone appears to show part of the hillside that fell away killing the people below.

    In the picture, you can see two sections of vegetation separated by mud:

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  4. 'Hundreds of relatives wailing in pain'

    Abdul Malik Bangura, editor of the Awareness Times Newspaper in Freetown, has been speaking to the BBC about what he has seen today:

    Quote Message: I've just arrived at the Connaught Hospital mortuary. Very heavy work going on here. More than 70 mortuary staff are out and about receiving bodies of people who died during the landslide.
    Quote Message: They suggest that over 250 bodies could have been received so far, most of whom are women and children.
    Quote Message: I can't hold back my tears when I see poor children being lined up in the corridor of the mortuary. "
    Man holding a bag in the mud
  5. Sierra Leone mudslide: What we know

    • Heavy overnight rains triggered a mudslide in the Regent area on the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown
    • The section of Sugar Loaf mountain came down at around 06:00 (06:00 GMT) when many people would have been at home sleeping or just getting up for the day
    • The exact death toll from the mudslide and flooding elsewhere in the city is not yet known but the Red Cross has spoken of 179 deaths
    • Officials at the morgue at the city's main hospital, Connaught, says that it has received more than 200 corpses and is now overwhelmed
    • Dozens of homes have been submerged by the mud
    • The building of houses without planning permission around Sugar Loaf mountain is thought to have contributed to the disaster, our reporter says
    • Recovery and rescue operations are still going on

    Footage from around Freetown show the scale of the flooding and the power of the water:

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    Video caption: Sierra Leone floods: Streets inundated in Freetown
  6. Zuma says he 'survived poisoning'

    Pumza Fihlani

    BBC News

    Jacob Zuma

    President Jacob Zuma at the weekend spoke publicly of attempts on his life, saying he was poisoned and almost died because of his stance on socio-economic transformation and land reform.

    “I was poisoned and almost died just because South Africa joined Brics (the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa business communities) under my leadership, they said I was going to destroy the country,” Mr Zuma said.

    Addressing the African National Congress (ANC) Cadres’ Forum in Phongolo, KwaZulu-Natal, on Sunday, the president said he became a target after calling for radical economic transformation. So according this report there were a total of three attempts to kill him.

    In the clip, he doesn’t identify who tried to kill him but says it was someone close to him.

  7. Sierra Leone mudslide: Appeal for shelter, blankets and non-food items

    The head of communications at the Sierra Leone Red Cross, Abubakar Tarawallie, has told the BBC that he can confirm 179 deaths from the mudslide in the capital, Freetown.

    The AFP news agency had earlier quoted another official from the organisation putting the number of fatalities from the flooding across the city at 312.

    Mr Tarawallie said that at least 100 houses had been submerged and some have collapsed.

    He said the organisation's volunteers and staff are involved in search and rescue operations alongside other partners, including other NGOs and government emergency services.

    Mr Tarawallie added that people affected were in immediate need of shelter, blankets and other non-food items.

  8. Freetown hospital 'overstretched'

    Connaught hospital, the main hospital in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, is overstretched as a result of the deaths from the mudslide in an area close to the city, the BBC's Umaru Fofana reports.

    He says that the morgue there has received more than 200 corpses.

    Umaru - who is at the scene of the mudslide in an area called Regent - says the recovery and rescue operation is still going on.

    On the cause of the mudslide, Umaru says that it was a combination of the heavy downpours and unauthorised construction in the affected area.

    He adds that people had built houses at the foot and on the sides of Mount Sugar Loaf without permission which has undermined the structure of the mountain.

    Flooded part of Freetown
  9. Torrent of water

    Dramatic footage posted by the Society for Climate Change Communication in Sierra Leone shows the power of the floods that have been tearing through the capital, Freetown:

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    It has also been sharing some still images:

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    The heavy rains led to a mudslide in which hundreds are feared dead.

  10. Possible Mugabe successor flown to South Africa for treatment

    One of the people who has been named as a possible successor to Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe has been rushed to South Africa for emergency treatment, the AFP news agency reports.

    Emmerson Mnangagwa, who is ZImbabwe's vice-president, fell ill at a rally on Sunday.

    AFP quotes health minister David Parirenyatwa saying: "He is well. He is much better, he is almost jovial. He was vomiting with diarrhoea and he became dehydrated. He has done a battery of tests."

    President Mugabe, 93, has said he will run in next year's presidential election.

    Emmerson Mnangagwa
    Image caption: Emmerson Mnangagwa is ZImbabwe's vice-president
  11. '2,000 left homeless'

    A Sierra Leonean diasater mangement official, Candy Rogers, is being quoted by the AFP news agency as saying that "over 2,000 people are homeless" after a mudslide hit the Regent area near the capital, Freetown.

    Mr Rogers said that a huge humanitarian effort will be required to deal with the aftermath of the flooding.

    Freetown, an overcrowded coastal city of 1.2 million, is hit each year by flooding during several months of rain that destroys makeshift settlements and raises the risk of waterborne diseases such as cholera, the report says.

    An estimated 312 people have died according to the Red Cross.

  12. 'The mud was too fast'

    Our reporter Umaru Fofana has been collecting some harrowing testimony at the scene of the mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown

    Quote Message: My wife is dead. My children are all dead. This morning my children and I talked before I left for work. One of them even chose the socks I should put on." from Malikie
    Quote Message: We were inside. We heard the mudslide approaching. We were trying to flee. I attempted to grab my baby but the mud was too fast. She was covered, alive. I have not seen my husband, Alhaji. My baby was just seven weeks old." from Adama

    Hundreds are feared dead. The Red Cross in the country has said that 312 people died, AFP news agency reports.

  13. Two banks collapse in Ghana

    Thomas Naadi

    BBC Africa, Accra

    Ghana’s Central Bank has revoked the licenses of two banks, UT Bank and Capital Bank, which have collapsed due to a shortage of funds.

    The banks have been taken over by Ghana Commercial Bank and the money that people have in their accounts has been guaranteed.

    The two banks will continue to operate normally after the transfer is complete this afternoon.

    This latest development is part of measures to restructure the banking sector and protect the funds of depositors in the country.

    Outside of bank
  14. 'People are wailing uncontrollably'

    The BBC's Umaru Fofana has been to the scene of a huge mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, where hundreds are feared dead.

    Quote Message: People are wailing uncontrollably - one woman told me she lost more than 11 members of her family in the disaster; a man said he lost his wife, mother-in-law and children.
    Quote Message: Hundreds of people are still coming to the area to look for their loved ones. Some of them told me they have not been able to find them. In fact, there is no sign of the dozens of homes that were built at the foot of Mount Sugar Loaf."

    The AFP news agency is quoting the Red Cross as saying that 312 people have been killed in the mudslide.

  15. Two hundred dead - Sierra Leone mortuary worker

    The death toll from the mudslide in Sierra Leone is hard to confirm and different figures are being quoted.

    The AP news agency is quoting a coroner technician who says that at least 200 people died.

    It says Sinneh Kamara told the national broadcaster that the number of corpses exceeded the morgue's capacity.

    AP also reports that the national TV interrupted normal programming to broadcast scenes of the rescue operation.

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  16. Raila Odinga to reveal 'compelling evidence' of election fraud

    Kenya's opposition leader Raila Odinga, who is still smarting from his loss for the presidency in last week's election, has told the UK Financial Times that he will reveal "compelling evidence" tomorrow of how he was robbed off victory:

    Quote Message: We will show the kind of charade the whole world has been treated to."

    Mr Odinga, who was running for president for the fourth time, also revealed that he would not be seeking the presidency again and that he wanted Kenyans to know the truth of what happened in the election:

    Quote Message: It is not about me. It’s not about Raila Odinga,. I’m not going to be a candidate again... we just want Kenyans to know what happened, what the whole world is not understanding is happening.”

    Mr Odinga has alleged that hackers had gained access to the electoral commission's severs and entered an algorithm which tweaked the results in favour of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

    His claims have been dismissed by the commission.

    Raila Odinga meets supporters
    Image caption: Raila Odinga addressed his supporters in Mathare on Sunday
  17. Sierra Leone mudslide: '180 dead'

    The AFP news agency is reporting that at least 180 people have been killed by a mudslide that struck near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown.

    Earlier, Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh told journalists that he feared that hundreds may have been killed.

  18. Breaking'Hundreds feared dead'

    Sierra Leone's Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh has said that he fears that hundreds of people may have been killed by the mudslide that struck early Monday in the outskirts of the capital Freetown.

    The BBC's Umaru Fofana at the scene says dozens of bodies have been retrieved.

  19. Rescue workers 'at scene of Sierra Leone mudslide'

    Emergency services are at the scene of the mudslide near Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, the Sierra Leone Telegraph reports.

    An eyewitness told the paper that a section of a hill collapsed after heavy rains triggered the mudslide.

    View more on twitter

    People have also been posting pictures on Facebook:

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  20. Kenyatta: We extend the hand of friendship

    Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has made an appeal to opposition supporters who have so far refused to accept last week's presidential election result.

    Mr Kenyatta defeated his rival Raila Odinga talking 54% of the vote, but the opposition has called the result a "fraud".

    Uhuru Kenyatta addressing people

    Mr Odinga called for a stay away from work, but the president said: "Kenyans have said the election is behind them, the majority have returned to work.

    "To our friends who have yet to accept the outcome, we continue to appeal to them. We extend the hand of friendship... If there are those who continue to be aggrieved there are constitutional means."

    Mr Kenyatta has also urged police to show restraint, but said the government would not allow the loss of life or destruction of property.

    BBC reporters in different parts of the country say that business is returning to normal in many places.