Sierra Leone: Flash Floods - Aug 2022

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Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone has been experiencing persistent torrential rains since mid-August 2022. The highest recorded incident was on 28 August 2022, with rains causing associated impacts, including flooding in low-lying areas as well as new episodes of landslides on a low scale. Major roads in the city centre were rendered impassable due to the flood waters, heavily constraining vehicles and pedestrians having to find alternative routes. The city continues to experience more heavy rains which may cause flooding in additional communities and increase the number of affected people. (IFRC, 19 Sep 2022)

According to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), in the period 29 August - 7 September, eight people died, four are still missing, 79 others were injured, and more than 12,900 people have been affected by flash floods and landslides. The capital Freetown is one of the worst-hit areas where the number of affected people continues to increase. (ECHO, 21 Sep 2022)

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