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12 Sep 2019 description

Several consecutive weeks of heavy rainfall have caused flooding across West and East Africa

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. A poor start to seasonal rainfall has caused abnormal dryness in parts of Mauritania.

  2. Heavy rainfall over the past several weeks has triggered flooding in Senegal, Guinea-Conakry, Sierra Leone, and Mali. Heavy rainfall is expected to continue.

05 Sep 2019 description

Persisting heavy rainfall triggers flooding across parts of West and East Africa

  1. A poor start to the rainfall season across Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, and Mauritania has caused significant dryness.

  2. Persisting heavy rainfall following abnormally wet conditions in July has caused flash flooding in Sierra Leone.

30 Aug 2019 description

Flood risk persists in parts of West Africa and Sudan while Ethiopia remains abnormally dry

  1. A poor start to the rainfall season across Senegal and Gambia has led to significant dryness.

  2. Continued heavy rainfall has caused flooding in Dakar. Heavy rainfall is likely to continue maintaining the risk for flooding in the region.

22 Aug 2019 description

Risk of severe flooding continues in parts of Sierra Leone, Mali, and Sudan

  1. A poor start to therainfall season acrossSenegal and Gambia has ledto significant dryness.

  2. Heavy rains during the past weeks has led to flashflooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Continued rain thisweek will keep flood threats high.

20 Aug 2019 description

The torrential rains began on August 1st, and subsequently caused flooding and mudslides that have, to date, caused the death of at least 6 people and the displacement of over 5,000, affecting around 2,900 households. As of August 19, some reports have estimated that up to 10 people have died and that over 16,000 people have been affected.

20 Aug 2019 description

In response to the floods in Freetown earlier this month, the European Union is providing €80,000 in humanitarian funding to assist those most affected. This EU funding will support the Red Cross in delivering much needed relief assistance, including water, sanitation and health, psychosocial support, and health promotion activities. The humanitarian aid will directly benefit 1,800 people (300 households), who had their homes destroyed in the flooding.

17 Aug 2019 description

Freetown, Friday 16 August 2019 – His Excellency President Dr Julius Maada Bio has paid two separate visits to flood victims in Wellington and Tombo, in the Western Urban and Rural Areas respectively, empathised and provided them with humanitarian support.

The two separate visits to the flood victims were facilitated by the Office of National Security, the government’s primary coordinator for the management of national emergencies such as disasters both natural and man-made.

15 Aug 2019 description

Flooding continues in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Sudan while Senegal, Ethiopia, and Cote d’Ivoire remain dry

  1. A poor start to the rainfall season across Senegal and the Gambia has resulted in abnormal dryness.

  2. Heavy rainfall last week, following a wet weather pattern in July, caused flash flooding in Sierra Leone. Continued heavy rainfall will maintain a high flood risk.

  3. Fewer rainy days in southern Cote d’Ivoire has resulted in abnormal dryness. More seasonal rainfall is forecast next week.

08 Aug 2019 description

In response to the recent floods in Freetown, Sierra Leone, wherein initial estimations of affected persons and households as of August 7th total an estimated number of over 40,000 and 8,000 respectively, the Office of National Security and various aid actors were activated and divided into 5 different cluster groups, each assessing and responding to various sectors and affected regions.

08 Aug 2019 description

Heavy rainfall triggers flooding in Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Sudan while Senegal and Cote d’Ivoire remain dry

  1. A poor start to the rainfall season across Senegal and the Gambia has resulted in abnormal dryness.

  2. Heavy rainfall last week, following a wet weather pattern in July, caused flash flooding in Sierra Leone. Continued heavy rainfall will maintain a high flood risk.

08 Aug 2019 description

INITIAL IMPACTS

POPULATION

8,138 Affected Households

39,452 Affected Persons

5,303 Displaced Persons

6 Deaths

DAMAGE TO HOUSING

7,844 Slightly

4,364 Partially

441 Completely

07 Aug 2019 description

Torrential rains starting from 2 August have led to flooding in Freetown.
Despite the normal peak of the rainy season in August, the soil was previously saturated by rains in July. At least 6 people are reported dead and some 5,000 people are believed to have lost their shelter. Informal settlements, including impoverished slum communities, scattered around the city and mostly built in flood or landslide prone areas, are likely the most affected and at risk of further flooding, considering the forecast rains in the coming days.

Anticipated scope and scale

05 Aug 2019 description
  • Heavy rainfall caused flash flooding and mudslides in several areas of Freetown and its outskirts over 2-3 August.

  • Media report 6 deaths, 4 in Bathurst and 2 in Kroo Bay and many displaced, while Kissy, Wellington and Calaba neighborhoods have also been affected.

  • Moderate to heavy rainfall will continue to affect Sierra Leone over 5-6 August.