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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.

06 Sep 2017 description
report Salesian Missions

(MissionNewswire) Salesian missionaries with Don Bosco Fambul, one of Sierra Leone’s leading child-welfare organizations in Freetown, have been actively responding with relief efforts for those affected by recent flooding that occurred on Aug. 14. Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, lies between the mountains and the sea. The intense rain caused a mudslide on Mount Sugar Loaf in the Regent District on the outskirts of Freetown. The mudslide occurred at 6 a.m. when most of the community residents were still sleeping—leaving them more vulnerable to the rising waters.

06 Sep 2017 description


  • IOM distributed Non Food Items (NFIs) to 150 flood affected households in Mountain Cut. This is in addition to 167 NFI kits that had been distributed to flood affected households in Dwazark and Wellington.

  • IOM set up 50 tents, donated by JICA to the Government of Sierra Leone, in Juba Barracks, finalized drainage and set up handwashing stations. Partners installed water tanks, latrines and shower facilities.

06 Sep 2017 description

Situation overview

Three weeks on from the landslide and initial flooding, most pillars are operational and the Office of National Security (ONS) Situation Room collates information from the two temporary shelters sites and six Incident Response Centres (IRCs) daily. The second shelter site, Juba Barracks, is still empty ten days after the initial set-up and the slow pace of construction is worrying.

06 Sep 2017 description

By Inna Lazareva

YAOUNDE, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Experience gained taming West Africa's Ebola outbreak is helping Sierra Leone deal with its recent mudslide disaster, but urgent action is needed to prevent future catastrophes, experts say.

As more bodies are unearthed after the mid-August mountain collapse in Regent on the outskirts of the capital Freetown, thousands of people who lost their homes require emergency accommodation and longer-term help to recover, aid workers say.

05 Sep 2017 description

More than 1 million doses of Gavi-funded cholera vaccines heading to Sierra Leone after severe flooding and landslides

FREETOWN, 5 September 2017 – Half a million people in Sierra Leone will be able to access the life-saving cholera vaccine within weeks, the country’s Ministry of Health and Sanitation announced today.

04 Sep 2017 description


This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 45 events in the region. This week, two new events have been reported: dengue fever in Mali and Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever in Uganda. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Malaria in Cabo Verde

• Humanitarian crisis (refugee) in Uganda

•Humanitarian crisis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

02 Sep 2017 description
report Concern Worldwide

Heavy rains in Freetown, Sierra Leone, caused mudslides that killed nearly 500 people and displaced thousands. Approximately 600 people are still unaccounted for. Concern’s distribution teams have been activated and are delivering essential supplies to some of the most affected communities.

Coping with disaster

01 Sep 2017 description

This update is produced by the UNDAC team in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Sierra Leone, liaising with the Office of National Security and humanitarian partners.

Situation overview

01 Sep 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund


The second phase of the response focused on supporting the recovery of victims is now underway. Following the 14 August floods and landslides, the displaced victims have been given the option to be housed in communities or be voluntary relocated to a more permanent shelter solution. Two sites have been selected for voluntary relocation: the Old Skool compound in Hill Station and Juba barracks in Lumley. Options are also being considered for humanitarian cash transfers to support the affected households that opt to remain within their communities.

01 Sep 2017 description

On August 29th, 2017, the Chinese Ambassador to Sierra Leone WU Peng handed over USD $100,000 from the Red Cross Society of China to Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) as a disaster relief fund for victims of the August 14th tragic mudslide and flooding devastation.

01 Sep 2017 description

Heavy rains cause flooding and damages in western Sahel, Uganda, and Sudan

Africa Weather Hazards

  1. Locally heavy rainfall caused flooding in several states in Sudan last week.
    Although rainfall is expected to decrease throughout the region in early September, saturated ground conditions and elevated river levels sustain the risk for additional flooding.

31 Aug 2017 description




Central, eastern and western regions




More than 391,000 new displacements between 11 and 20 August


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.

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31 Aug 2017 description
map MapAction

Map shows the number of vulnerable individuals affected by the landslide and flash flooding for different affected areas. Numbers are based on verified registration figures issued by ONS on 29th August 2017.

31 Aug 2017 description
map MapAction

The left-hand map shows the percentage of people who have received assistance, as reported by ONS on 29 Aug 2017.

The right-hand map shows the percentage of household heads that have resumed livelihood activities across the affected areas, as reported by ONS on 29 Aug 2017.

31 Aug 2017 description
map MapAction

Map shows indicators of water quality sampled by the Sierra Leone Ministry of Water Resources at hand-dug wells, GVWC, springs and spring boxes in Freetown, two weeks after the August 2017 landslide.

30 Aug 2017 description

Action Against Hunger urges rapid, joint action to prevent disease outbreaks

by Action Against Hunger USA, August 22, 2017

Last week, flash floods killed over 490 people in Sierra Leone's capital city, Freetown. To date, a large number of people are still reported missing and an estimated 6,000 altogether have been affected by the destruction.

Following a needs assessments coordinated by the government of Sierra Leone, Action Against Hunger and key partners[1] quickly mobilized resources and launched a response to the emergency.