Freetown, May 26. The storm knocked down a centuries-old cotton tree that had been a national treasure in Sierra Leone for several centuries.
According to experts, the age of the plant was more than 500 years. It is believed that it was under his shadow that a group of former African-American slaves liberated in 1792 established the nation’s capital.
Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio said the tree is a powerful symbol of the African spirit. The barrel piece will be put in the museum.
Earlier, SABC radio station evaluated the damage done to southeast African countries by tropical hurricane “Freddie”. Ongoing storms, torrential rains and strong winds have killed more than 400 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
The Black Continent countries suffered from natural disasters for several months. More than 4,500 families were affected in the western part of Kenya, and about 136 people living in Rwanda and Uganda died during the violence of the elements. In South Africa, rains destroyed several kilometers of roads and nearly 100 educational institutions.
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