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21 Aug 2017 description
report Save the Children

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Erin Taylor 267.250.8829 (M)

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (August 18, 2017)— Save the Children has warned of a child health crisis in Sierra Leone due to contaminated water supplies and lack of safe shelter following this week’s deadly floods and mudslide. One hundred and twenty two children are now confirmed to have lost their lives in the tragedy, according Connaught Hospital, with 810 people still missing.

21 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

In this piece by the international development secretary, she says in giving £5m to the flood response, Britain is at the forefront of helping a nation in need

21 Aug 2017 description

by Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Aug 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donor pledges are pouring in from countries across the world to aid Sierra Leone after a mudslide devastated the capital this week, killing at least 400 people and leaving 3,000 homeless.

Dozens of houses were engulfed by mud when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent, on the edge of Freetown, on Monday - in one of Africa's deadliest mudslides in decades.

21 Aug 2017 description
report The Conversation

The Conversation

David Winter
Professor Emeritus of Clinical Psychology, University of Hertfordshire

Disclosure statement

David Winter has received funding from Enabling Access to Mental Health Sierra Leone (funded by the European Union), and from the Tropical Health and Education Trust and Unison, via Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust.

21 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By John James

When baby Fatima returned to her mother’s village at two months old from Freetown, the capital city “everyone was afraid,” her grandmother Sia Gbandawa told me. Fatima was born in Freetown but sadly her mother died a month after giving birth.

Sent back to her paternal village of Bendu Sandor village in Kono district, about six hours drive away, baby Fatima was met with a negative reaction. Many feared she was turning into a chameleon.

21 Aug 2017 description

After torrential rain on 15th August, hillsides have collapsed into fast-moving mudslides, while other areas have been affected by floods. WFP is providing food assistance to beneficiaries registered in 5 locations. Number of affected: Sierra Leone Office of National Security (ONS).

20 Aug 2017 description

The assistance will be provided by Israel’s embassy in Senegal in accordance with immediate needs on the ground.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

20 Aug 2017 description

Sur Hautes Instructions de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI, que Dieu L’assiste, le Maroc a décidé d'envoyer une aide humanitaire d'urgence aux victimes des intempéries au Sierra Leone.

L'acheminement de cette aide humanitaire de 66 tonnes comprenant notamment des tentes, des couvertures ainsi que des kits anti-choléra, sera assuré par les Forces Armées Royales dès ce dimanche 20 Août 2017.

20 Aug 2017 description

En Sierra Leone, les glissements de terrain ont enseveli de nombreuses habitations de la capitale Freetown. La Suisse débloque 400'000 francs pour appuyer les opérations d’assistance et lutter contre la propagation de maladies comme le choléra.

20 Aug 2017 description

From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

UK steps up support to provide clean water, food and medicines to assist communities worst affected.

The UK is stepping up with new emergency support that will provide clean water, food and medicines to assist people in the communities worst affected by the devastating floods and mudslide in Sierra Leone, International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced today.

19 Aug 2017 description

Situation overview

• The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) has been deployed on Friday 18 September for an initial period of three weeks to support the ongoing assessments, coordination and reporting efforts.

• By 19 August, UNFPA will have finalised inventory information on the stock status at the Central Medical Store level. The results of the inventory status will be compared with findings of the rapid assessment to inform procurement of reproductive health commodities

18 Aug 2017 description

This map shows landslides mapped from satellite imagery following the Regent event on 15 August 2017. The main landslide outline in Regent has been updated from the product released by UNITAR-UNOSAT (published 16 August, version 1.0) using the updated UNITAR-UNOSAT georectification of the satellite image on 17th August. The main Regent landslide event is 6 km long, including source area and run-out to the sea. It is interpreted as a debris slide in its upper reaches, transitioning to a debris flow and then a sediment-laden flood.

18 Aug 2017 description
report Start Network

Thousands of vulnerable people in dire need following mudslides in Sierra Leone are to begin receiving urgent help today, following the decision yesterday by a global network of NGOs to fund six rapid-response projects.

18 Aug 2017 description
report ECOWAS

Togo’s Head of State, and Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, as well as the West African Community expressed their affinity with the people of Sierra Leone.

President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, accompanied by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, travelled to Freetown on 17 August 2017 to give financial support to victims of floods and mudslides which occurred on Monday 14 August 2017.

18 Aug 2017 description
report ChildFund Alliance

August 18, 2017
by Diana Quick

During the night of August 14, devastating mudslides swept down the steep hillsides and slopes of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, engulfing the homes of thousands of families who live in these highly congested areas. The estimated death toll is around 400, with another 800 unaccounted for. About 20,000 people have been displaced from their homes across more than a dozen communities.

18 Aug 2017 description

This Emergency Appeal is being issued on preliminary basis and seeks a total of 4,637,689 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in delivering assistance to 4,800 people (800 families) affected by mudslides over 10 months. The operation will focus on the following areas of interventions: health; shelter including essential non-food items; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and restoring family links (RFL).

18 Aug 2017 description

Freetown – More than 300 people have died with hundreds more still missing following severe mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone’s capital, according to the Office of National Security (ONS). Two districts have been affected: Freetown (eastern and western outskirts) and Bo district.

18 Aug 2017 description

"Freetown and other precarious cities need safer urban planning and land use initiatives" (Corrects spelling of name in paragraph 15)

DAKAR, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A mudslide which devastated Sierra Leone's capital Freetown this week, killing about 400 people and leaving more than 3,000 homeless, has raised questions about deforestation, urban planning and disaster preparedness in the West African nation.

18 Aug 2017 description

A distraught mother stands at the entrance of the morgue at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is looking for her son, who is missing, feared dead after devastating mudslides, caused by torrential rain ripped through the capital on Monday.

Thousands of Freetown residents queue here, trying their best to deal with the grim reality that in a matter of hours or maybe minutes, they could be identifying the body of a loved one. Many of these people will find themselves the only surviving member of their family.