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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.

21 Nov 2017 description
report The Guardian

Government help has been slow to reach hundreds of families displaced by the disaster in August, who fear they will have nowhere to go

The government of Sierra Leone has started closing down the emergency camps housing hundreds of families displaced by August’s deadly landslides, despite many people saying they still have nowhere to go.

07 Oct 2017 description

DUBAI, 7th October, 2017 (WAM) -- Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has ordered an aid airlift to Sierra Leone to deliver core relief items to communities affected by a devastating landslide.

Following the order, an Airbus A330 aircraft carrying around 50 metric tonnes of humanitarian aid departed from Dubai’s Al Maktoum Airport for Sierra Leone.

07 Sep 2017 description
report Deutsche Welle

A mudslide devastated the capital, Freetown, three weeks ago. Life is slowly returning to normal, but residents of the areas most affected are still coming to terms with what happened, as Olivia Acland reports.

In Kamayama, a community in Freetown built on and around steep riverbanks, life looked like it was slowly getting back to normal. Two local football teams were battling it out on a dry mud pitch. A hundred spectators stood by, watching keenly.

31 Aug 2017 description

"The bodies in all likelihood come from Sierra Leone since there have been no alerts about boats that have capsized"

CONAKRY, Aug 30 (Reuters) - The bodies of 19 people thought to have perished in a mudslide in Sierra Leone more than a fortnight ago have washed up on Guinea's shores, the government in Conakry said on Wednesday.

Read more on Reuters

23 Aug 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Ngozi Cole

FREETOWN, Aug 23 2017 (IPS) - In the early hours of Monday morning, August 14, torrential rains hit Freetown, Sierra Leone’s capital city. Several areas of the city were flooded, as houses were either partially submerged under water or destroyed.

In Regent, a mountainous community on the outskirts of Freetown, extreme flooding triggered a mudslide on Mount Sugar Loaf, burying several houses and underneath dirt and rubble. Some families were completely wiped out, and in some cases, only one family member survived.

21 Aug 2017 description

FREETOWN, Aug 20 (Reuters) - Rescue workers have unearthed 499 dead bodies since last week's devastating landslide near the Sierra Leone capital Freetown, the city's chief coroner told Reuters on Sunday.

One of Africa's worst flooding-related disasters in years occurred when the side of Mount Sugar Loaf collapsed on Monday after heavy rain, burying parts of Regent town and overwhelming relief efforts in one of the world's poorest countries.

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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
report The Conversation

The ConversationDavid 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.

18 Aug 2017 description

Threat worsening as rainfall, deforestation increase

By Edward McAllister

DAKAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.

Read the full report on Reuters

17 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

Hundreds feared dead, thousands still missing and many more left homeless after mud engulfs houses near the capital, Freetown

Sierra Leone’s president has appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the country’s capital.

Read more on the Guardian.

15 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

The hunt for survivors of a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital has continued, with 270 bodies recovered so far, according to the mayor of Freetown.

A mass burial will be held later today to free up space in the city’s central morgue, which has been overwhelmed with bodies.

A national emergency has been called after the city suffered heavy flooding, thought to be the worst in Africa over the past two decades. The country’s interior minister, Paolo Conteh, warned that thousands of people were still missing.

14 Aug 2017 description

"The disaster is so serious that I myself feel broken"

By Christo Johnson

FREETOWN, Aug 14 (Reuters) - More than 200 people were killed when a mudslide struck the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown on Monday, sweeping away homes.

The Red Cross said at least 205 bodies had been taken to the central morgue in Freetown. Police and military personnel were at the scene in the mountain town of Regent searching for people trapped in the debris.

18 Jul 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

By Busani Bafana

BULAWAYO, Zimbabwe, Jul 18 2017 (IPS)

Southern African countries have agreed on a multi-pronged plan to increase surveillance and research to contain the fall army worm, which has cut forecast regional maize harvests by up to ten percent, according to a senior U.N. Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) official.

16 Jul 2017 description
report The Guardian

A year after the country was declared free of the virus, maternity care and family planning remain starved of funding

Mamie Gibila travelled across choppy waters for almost four hours last week to reach a hospital. She was midway through labour with twins. The first baby was born at home, but she was unable to deliver the second and urgently needed medical attention.

23 Apr 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationEric Osoro, Medical Epidemiologist, Washington State University

It’s 18 months since Sierra Leone was declared Ebola free after a two-year outbreak that left 4,000 people dead.

12 Apr 2017 description
report Inter Press Service

UNITED NATIONS, Apr 11 2017 (IPS) - The Group of 77 has pointed out that the Ebola crisis of 2014-2015 proved that “no country is immune from a disease outbreak, no matter where it emerges”

The Group has argued that the world is now a big village, where the borders between countries are crossed by millions every day for different reasons– a better life for some, a migration for others, all due to different factors, including climate change and the outbreak of fast-spreading diseases.

08 Apr 2017 description
report Voice of America

Nina DeVries

FREETOWN, SIERRA LEONE — With the recent Ebola crisis, officials in Sierra Leone have seen a rise in mental health concerns. Mustapha Kallon's problems are typical. He survived Ebola but lost many family members during the epidemic.

"Whenever I think of my parents, I feel depressed," he said.

Kallon said he turned to alcohol to cope with his grief. He was still receiving care in the Ebola treatment unit when his parents died from the virus. He didn't get to say goodbye and doesn't even know where they are buried.

25 Jan 2017 description
report The Conversation

The ConversationEric Delaporte, Professeur de maladies infectieuses, Inserm, université de Montpellier, Institut de recherche pour le développement (IRD)