- Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
2017 in brief
We failed this summer - let’s embrace it
by Sarah Klassen
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.
Rains in Freetown started on Sunday 13 August and have continued since. At least 400 people, including at least 60 children, were killed following the collapse of a hillside in the Regent area near the capital, in Greater Freetown early on Monday morning, as many people were asleep. Since 1 July, Freetown has received triple the usual amount of rain. Most affected areas are within an area known as Regent. Three other communities were inundated, at Lumley in the west of Freetown as well as Kissy Brook and Dworzak Farm.
On 25 May, the worst known outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease spread to Sierra Leone. By 24 June, 163 cases and 46 deaths were reported. Since this is the first Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the health systems have been in urgent need of technical support to control the epidemic. Widespread fear and misunderstanding has made education and public awareness critical for prevention measures and encouraging people to seek treatment.
The Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) has allocated US$235,000 to UNICEF and WHO in response to the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. The main bilateral donors providing Official Development Assistance (ODA) are the UK and the EC – both have provided funding for the crisis (DFID-US$340,000 to Sierra Leone; and EC –US$3.3 regionally).
From a regional perspective, the majority of funding to the Ebola crisis has been received by Guinea (US$4.07m). Liberia has received US$0.18m, while Sierra Leone has received slightly more (US$0.23m).
An Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) outbreak, which started in Guinea in early 2014, has now spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. As of 23 June, the total cumulative number of cases reported in the three countries was 635 out of which 399 died, a Case Fatality Rate (CFR) of 62.8%. (WHO, 25/06/2014). Ebola patients have been identified in more than 60 separate locations across the three countries, complicating efforts to treat patients and curb the outbreak (MSF, 25/06/2014).