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05 Mar 2018 description

It has been more than half a year since Mount Sugarloaf collapsed in Regent, Sierra Leone, killing at least one thousand people and leaving thousands homeless and in tears. The world mourned with Sierra Leone as the people of that nation suffered yet another calamity after experiencing war, Ebola, and ongoing poverty. Like many other humanitarian organizations, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation with its partners, Healey International Relief Foundation, Caritas Freetown and Lanyi Foundation responded with needed emergency relief, including food support, blankets and psychosocial support.

05 Mar 2018 description


FAO assesses that globally 37 countries are in need of external assistance for food.
Conflicts continue to be the main factor driving the high levels of severe food insecurity.
Weather shocks have also adversely impacted food availability and access, notably in East Africa.


23 Feb 2018 description
report World Bank

WASHINGTON, February 22, 2018 — The World Bank today approved an International Development Association (IDA)* grant of $10 million to support Sierra Leone in its efforts to recover from severe landslides and floods in Freetown in August 2017. The landslide, comprising a mix of clay soil and boulders of up to 40 cubic meters, ripped through the city of Freetown with tremendous energy destroying everything in its path. Residents reported a large ‘tidal wave’ of material advancing down the river channel.

14 Feb 2018 description
report Street Child

Charity Street Child releases report 6 months on from Sierra Leone Mudslides

On Monday 14th August an estimated 1,000 people died when an entire mountainside collapsed in the capital of Sierra Leone. Huge boulders, dislodged by rain, left a two-mile trail of destruction – flattening everything in its path.

12 Feb 2018 description

The United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team is part of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and the international emergency response system for sudden-onset emergencies. UNDAC was created in 1993. It is designed to help the United Nations and governments of disaster-affected countries during the first phase of a sudden-onset emergency. UNDAC, as a tool of OCHA, also assists in the coordination of incoming international relief at national level and/or at the site of the emergency.

06 Feb 2018 description

Geneva, Switzerland, 6 February 2018

As delivered

Distinguished guests, colleagues, ladies and gentlemen.

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Advisory Board Annual Meeting. Today, we will celebrate the achievements of UNDAC as it marks its 25th Anniversary this year. We will discuss how we can further strengthen UNDAC to ensure that it continues to be a nimble, effective international emergency response mechanism in a fast-evolving operational environment.

01 Feb 2018 description


  • In addition to causing severe health impacts throughout the country, the 2014-2016 Ebola epidemic undermined food security in Sierra Leone. Many households experienced new or increased food insecurity as the outbreak disrupted income-generating opportunities, decreased purchasing power and restricted movements and market activities.

24 Jan 2018 description
report Concern Worldwide

Written by Kieran McConville

It really doesn’t look like much – two men and a woman on a crumbling concrete porch hammering and bending bits of old metal into seemingly random shapes. But this is what transformation looks like.

An old oil drum, from the words embossed on its side probably originating in France, is changing form into something which will positively impact the lives of these three people, their families, their neighbors and – in its own small way – the planet on which they live those lives.


24 Jan 2018 description

This report evaluates the impact of the natural disasters and extreme weather events that occurred worldwide during 2017 and provides an overview of global economic losses.

22 Jan 2018 description
report Peace Winds Japan

In December, Peace Winds Japan (PWJ) begun early recovery projects to support communities affected by the flood and mudslide in August 2017 near Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone. It had been over 4 months since heavy rain caused the floods and mudslide on a scale previously unseen. People living in affected communities still need to rely on support from the government or NGOs to carry on their lives.

20 Jan 2018 description

Chronic food insecurity and acute malnutrition, cyclical drought, locust infestations, seasonal floods, disease outbreaks, and recurrent complex emergencies presented major challenges to vulnerable populations in the West Africa region during the past decade. Between FY 2008 and FY 2017, USAID’s Office of U.S.

19 Jan 2018 description


Le plaisir est pour nous de vous présenter le Bulletin annuel de la délégation de Conakry. Il résume les différentes activités menées sur l’ensemble du territoire guinéen par l’institution à partir de sa délégation de Conakry, sa sous-délégation de Nzérékoré ainsi que la Sierra Leone.

12 Jan 2018 description

The materials contained in this supplementary document complement those found in the existing IRP Guidance Note on Recovery – Health. The discussions and case studies contained herein portray an expanded and oftentimes fresh perspective on many of the issues found in the original guidance note on several new and emerging issues for which there exist best practices and lessons learned.

29 Dec 2017 description


  • La baisse des précipitations marque la fin de la saison agricole principale à travers l’Afrique de l’Ouest et le Sahel.

  • Importants déficits de production de la biomasse au Sénégal, en Mauritanie et au Tchad pouvant entrainer une soudure pastorale précoce.

  • A l’exception de la Mauritanie, Liberia et Sierra Leone, la chenille légionnaire a été détectée dans l’ensemble des pays du Sahel et de l’Afrique de l’Ouest.

29 Dec 2017 description

Key points:

  • Rainfall deficits marks the end of the main crop season across West Africa and the Sahel.

  • Significant deficits in biomass production in Senegal, Mauritania and Chad may lead to early pastoral lean season.

  • Armyworm has been detected in all West African and Sahel countries, except Mauritania, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

20 Dec 2017 description

This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 4.6 million Swiss francs to enable the IFRC to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) to deliver assistance and support to some 26,000 people (6,000 directly and 20,000 indirectly) for a total of 18 months. With the shift in focus of the planned activities from shelter to disaster risk reduction and community resilience, the operation has been extended from 10 to 18 months.

12 Dec 2017 description
report Mail and Guardian

The two camps in the west of the capital should have been closed down in mid-November. That was the government’s plan – to first provide temporary accommodation for the survivors and then more permanent housing solutions.

11 Dec 2017 description
report Peace Direct

by Abdul Brima

08 December 2017: Sierra Leone is amongst the poorest countries in the world with alarming cases of mental health problems, worsened by events like the recent devastating floods. With little knowledge about the conditions, and even less support, patients suffer greatly. But support in psychological first aid (PFA) is giving renewed hope to victims of the recent mudslide disaster in Freetown.