This is a statement from the British Development Secretary, Priti Patel. It comes as a spokesman for the Sierra Leone government tells the BBC outside help is welcome


International Development Secretary Priti Patel said: “I am deeply saddened by the devastating landslides and flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone which have claimed innocent lives. My thoughts are with all those affected at this tragic time.

“From stopping the Ebola outbreak in its tracks to helping the country rebuild ‎after this deadly disease – the UK continues to stand by the people of Sierra Leone.

“We have pre-positioned vital aid supplies and helped prepare the country’s response to disasters. We are already working with the Government of Sierra Leone to coordinate the rescue ‎efforts and are ready to provide further assistance to those in need.”