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21 Aug 2017 description
report UNOPS

Thousands of people have been affected by a devastating mudslide and torrential rains in the country's capital Freetown.

​Several areas are facing extreme flooding and mudslides. So far, over 400 bodies have been recovered, with the death-toll expected to rise in coming days.

21 Aug 2017 description

Overview

This weekly bulletin focuses on selected acute public health emergencies occurring in the WHO African Region. The WHO Health Emergencies Programme is currently monitoring 43 events in the region. This week, one new event has been reported: flash floods/mudslides in Sierra Leone. This week’s edition also covers key ongoing events, including:

• Lassa fever and cholera in Nigeria

• Cholera in the United Republic of Tanzania

• Necrotizing cellulitis/fasciitis in the Democratic Republic of São Tomé and Principe

21 Aug 2017 description
report ACT Alliance

Background

On the evening of the 14th August, mudslides triggered by three days of heavy rains poured in and around the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown. The most severe mudslides occurred in the coastal suburb of Racecourse on the city’s eastern edge, as well as in Regent and Lumley where thousands of makeshift settlements are home to the city’s poorest communities. Torrential rains have led to a series of significant floods and mudslides in several areas of Freetown.

21 Aug 2017 description
map UNOSAT

This map illustrates satellite-detected landslides and mudflow that affected Regent area south eastern Freetown using a GeoEye-1 acquired the 15 August 2017 compared with a pre-crisis image acquired the 03 March 2017. UNOSAT extracted areas affected by the landslide and subsequent mudflow and could identify 349 damaged structure and 1.3 km of damaged roads within the analysed area. This analysis has not yet been validated in the field. Please send ground feedback to UNITAR/UNOSAT.

21 Aug 2017 description
report Government of Japan
  1. On Friday, August 18, the Government of Japan decided to provide emergency relief goods (Tent, Plastic Sheet etc.) to the Government of Sierra Leone, through the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in response to the request from the latter Government following serious damage from the heavy flooding and landslides.

21 Aug 2017 description

Freetown, Sierra Leone, 21 August 2017 – The World Health Organization (WHO) is working closely with the Government of Sierra Leone to prevent the spread of infectious diseases such as malaria and cholera in the wake of last week’s mudslides and flooding in Freetown. The Organization is also working with partners to ensure ongoing health care for the injured and displaced, and to provide psychological aid to those coping with trauma.

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.

Read more from Reuters

21 Aug 2017 description
report Save the Children

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FAIRFIELD, Conn. (August 18, 2017)— Save the Children has warned of a child health crisis in Sierra Leone due to contaminated water supplies and lack of safe shelter following this week’s deadly floods and mudslide. One hundred and twenty two children are now confirmed to have lost their lives in the tragedy, according Connaught Hospital, with 810 people still missing.

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

by Kieran Guilbert

DAKAR, Aug 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - Donor pledges are pouring in from countries across the world to aid Sierra Leone after a mudslide devastated the capital this week, killing at least 400 people and leaving 3,000 homeless.

Dozens of houses were engulfed by mud when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent, on the edge of Freetown, on Monday - in one of Africa's deadliest mudslides in decades.

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.

21 Aug 2017 description

After torrential rain on 15th August, hillsides have collapsed into fast-moving mudslides, while other areas have been affected by floods. WFP is providing food assistance to beneficiaries registered in 5 locations. Number of affected: Sierra Leone Office of National Security (ONS).

21 Aug 2017 description
report UNOPS

With funding from the UK’s Department for International Development, UNOPS distributes 1,000 solar lanterns to Sierra Leone’s Office of National Security

“While the immensity of the disaster is far-reaching, these solar lanterns will help many of the families and communities affected by last week’s floods and landslides, while crucially aiding in the search and rescue efforts,” said Nick Gardner, UNOPS Country Manager.

The solar lanterns provide a reliable source of light for 13 hours after charging and can also charge a mobile phone.

21 Aug 2017 description
map MapAction

Map shows the city sections affected by the Regent landslide and flash flooding, reported by Sierra Leone Office of National Security (ONS), and the numbers of affected households estimated from census data (2015) projected to 2017 populations by ONS.

20 Aug 2017 description

The assistance will be provided by Israel’s embassy in Senegal in accordance with immediate needs on the ground.

(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)

20 Aug 2017 description

Sur Hautes Instructions de Sa Majesté le Roi Mohammed VI, que Dieu L’assiste, le Maroc a décidé d'envoyer une aide humanitaire d'urgence aux victimes des intempéries au Sierra Leone.

L'acheminement de cette aide humanitaire de 66 tonnes comprenant notamment des tentes, des couvertures ainsi que des kits anti-choléra, sera assuré par les Forces Armées Royales dès ce dimanche 20 Août 2017.

20 Aug 2017 description

En Sierra Leone, les glissements de terrain ont enseveli de nombreuses habitations de la capitale Freetown. La Suisse débloque 400'000 francs pour appuyer les opérations d’assistance et lutter contre la propagation de maladies comme le choléra.

20 Aug 2017 description

From: Department for International Development and The Rt Hon Priti Patel MP

UK steps up support to provide clean water, food and medicines to assist communities worst affected.

The UK is stepping up with new emergency support that will provide clean water, food and medicines to assist people in the communities worst affected by the devastating floods and mudslide in Sierra Leone, International Development Secretary Priti Patel announced today.