Sierra Leone: Mudslides - Aug 2017
Three days of heavy rains triggered flash floods and a massive landslide in and around the capital Freetown on 14 August. The most severe disaster occurred in Regent and Lumley districts with a massive 6 kilometres mudslide submerging and wiping out over 300 houses along the banks of the Juba river. Flash floods also affected at least four other communities in other parts of Freetown.(OCHA, 15 Aug 2017)
The IFRC has...released more than [CHF]270,000...from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to bolster initial search and rescue and recovery efforts. These emergency funds will enable volunteers to assist more than 9,000 people with search and rescue, first aid, health care, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion and emergency food. (IFRC, 15 Aug 2017)
At least 500 bodies have been recovered. However, several hundreds are still missing, An estimated 5,900 or more people are believed to have lost their homes or have been directly impacted and are in immediate need of emergency assistance and shelter. Nine response pillars are coordinating their response efforts with the Office of National Security who has the overall lead. Humanitarian partners are providing emergency WASH, health, shelter and protection assistance to those in temporary holding centres and those in host families. (OCHA/UNORC, 22 Aug 2017)
On the night between...26 [and] 27 August, new flooding appeared in downtown Freetown, and has flooded a health centre, the bridge and a school at Kroo Bay. One person is reported dead and two injured. The WHO team has assessed the damage to Kroo Bay Health Facility where flooding waters destroyed health records, drugs and supplies, mosquito net stock piles and medical equipment. (OCHA/UNORC, 29 Aug 2017)
As of 31 August, the total number of confirmed deaths is slightly above 500 and the number of missing persons at 810. With 616 households (93 percent) verified, the results show that a total of 5,951 people reported being affected by the mudslide and floods, of which 969 are children under the age of five and 393 are pregnant and nursing women. (UNDAC/UNORC, 31 Aug 2017)
As of 5 September, the distributions of food and non-food items have reached over 85% of flood and landslide affected people. (UNDAC/UNORC, 5 Sep 2017)
Following emergency response to the landslide and floods in and around Freetown on 14 August 2017, the UN system in Sierra Leone is now supporting national recovery. The UN Country Team has designated UNDP and the World Bank as co-leads of the effort. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Development has underscored that a national recovery strategy should address both the needs of those directly affected, and a plan to tackle the longer-term issues including environmental; climate and disaster risks; and settlement and urban development. (UNDP/UNORC, 12 Sep 2017)
Sierra Leone’s first ever Oral Cholera Vaccination (OCV) campaign kicked off on 15 September. The emergency campaign targets communities affected by Western Area’s recent floods and landslides. WHO, UNICEF, Gavi, UKaid, MSF and other health partners are working with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to implement the campaign, which aims to reach a total of 500,000 people. (Gov't of Sierra Leone/UNICEF/WHO, 15 Sep 2017)
As of 10 October, the UN system in Sierra Leone continues to support national recovery. In addition to addressing the urgent needs of those most affected, medium and long-term assessments and action plans have been put in place under national leadership to ensure risk mitigation and protect the people of Sierra Leone from future tragedy. (UNDP/UNORC, 10 Oct 2017)
This bulletin 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.
Through satellite and real time analysis it has been confirmed that landslides occurred on the morning of August 14th, with the debris from Mount Sugar Loaf resulting in 496 fatalities and roughly 800 missing persons.
Abuja 25th August 2917. The ECOWAS Commission is reaching out to the United Nations (UN) Agencies charged with humanitarian deliveries as part of its commitment towards bringing succor to victims of flood and landslides in Sierra Leone.
This is in addition to the collaborative hand already offered by ECOWAS to sister global agencies such as the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as well as the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in order to ensure that the humanitarian crisis in the West African country is brought under control.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) is helping the Government of Sierra Leone and other humanitarian partners respond to disastrous landslides and floods in Freetown and its environs.
JOHANNESBURG – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed this week’s announcement of a US$615,000 (ZAR 8 million) contribution from the Government of South Africa that will help us provide vital emergency assistance to more than 10,000 people affected by mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone.
Deadly mudslides in Sierra Leone’s capital last week has destroyed whole neighbourhoods and left thousands of already vulnerable residents homeless and exposed to disease.
Nearly 500 people were killed and at least 600 more remain missing more than one week after the catastrophe. Close to 6,000 people were directly affected by the mudslides, having either lost a family member, seen their homes destroyed or been injured in the disaster. Initial reports show that children and women are the most affected.
On 14 August, a hillside collapsed and triggered a mudslide in the mountain town of Regent on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown after a couple of days of torrential rain. Almost 500 people are reported dead, with an estimated 600 people missing, and 3,000 people left homeless.
Heavy and prolonged rain that occurred in Sierra Leone last week, caused a massive landslide on Monday, 14 August. Areas around Freetown, the capital, were swept by a mudslide killing almost 500 people, and triggering massive destructions especially in the areas of Regent and Kamayama. Now, only a year after Sierra Leone was declared Ebola-free, this West African country has to deal with loss of lives, severe damage to infrastructure which has left many homeless, as well as threat of various diseases spreading.
On Monday 14 August, the world awoke to reports of devastation caused by large-scale mudslides and localised flooding in Freetown, Sierra Leone’s rapidly urbanising capital.
The death toll rose within a few days to approximately 500, with several hundred more people reported missing and thousands displaced. The full extent of this disaster and the exact losses are not immediately known and may never be fully investigated.
1. GENERAL SITUATION
On 14 August 2017, Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown was devastated by floods and mudslides caused by torrential rains. The most severe mudslides occurred in the eastern part of Racecourse, in the outskirts of Regent and Lumley area of Freetown. According to the Sierra Leone Red Cross, over six hundred houses were destroyed, 300 found dead and hundreds injured and many more missing. Rescue efforts were slowed due to continuous rains and risk of new mudslides.
2. TURKISH RED CRESCENT ACTIVITIES
The UNICEF representative participated in a field visit with the Office of National Security and the United Nations Country Team to assess the site that has been selected to relocate displaced persons. If and when the decision is made, the United Nations Country Team will consult and based on the decision, UNICEF will coordinate with the pillars to ensure that all conditions on the ground have been met before the relocation of affected persons.
Emergencia en Sierra Leona (Freetown)
La semana pasada, las inundaciones repentinas acabaron con la vida de más de 490 personas en Freetown, con un alto número de aún desaparecidas y alrededor de 6.000 personas afectadas.
Con condiciones sanitarias críticas, la situación de salud pública de los afectados está en gran peligro. Acción contra el Hambre está distribuyendo agua segura e interviniendo para prevenir la propagación de enfermedades entre las comunidades afectadas.
Madrid, 23 de agosto de 2017
On 14 August, heavy rains, a mudslide and flash floods destroyed hundreds of homes and left many dead, injured or missing in Sierra Leone. In all, more than 500 houses were buried and destroyed and some 6000 people were severely affected. So far, more than 500 bodies have been recovered, with the number expected to rise. A mass burial for 300 people brought the country together and hardened the commitment to collectively recover from the tragedy.
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.
Following the torrential rains in the early hour of Monday 14th July, 2017 which caused massive mudslide and flooding that lead to the death of more than 400 people, UNDP is responding to the emergency with a dual focus – early recovery and prevention.
Presumed the worst flooding incident in West Africa for almost two decades, the tragedy has affected more than 5000 residents including infants in 16 communities in Freetown. Motormeh, a mountainous community in Regent, adjacent Mount Sugar Loaf, is the worst affected community.
In the mid August, Sierra Leone’s most severe mudslides – triggered by three days of heavy rains – occurred in and around the capital Freetown and 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. Nearly 500 people have died, of which more than 150 are children. 615 are missing, more than 1,000 buildings are destroyed, 1,900 households are affected, of which 500 are displaced.
The Office of National Security has released disaggregated data on the people affected by the floods and mudslides, the injured and the recovered bodies. Out of 5,905 affected people, 2,607 are children and of the 493 bodies discovered, 157 are children.
Response operations continue despite the heavy rains experienced in Freetown in the past several days. In light of the continuing rains, efforts are also underway to establish preparedness mechanisms in high risk communities.
This report is produced by UNDAC team in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator Office in Sierra Leone and humanitarian partners. An emergency state was declared by Sierra Leone following floods and landslides leaving hundreds of people dead and destroyed thousands of homes on 14 August.
Last week, flash floods killed over 490 people in Freetown with a high number of people still missing and affected number of people rising to 6000. Considering the critical sanitary conditions, public health situation of those affected is highly endangered. Action Against Hunger delivers safe drinking water and intervenes to prevent spreading of diseases amongst the affected communities.