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)
Based on data from the Office of National Security, the total number of registered people affected by the floods and landslides stands at 6,714, as at 18 August 2017. With the registration now closed, the number of affected should stabilize, allowing for better planning and assessment of needs to support the affected communities.
◾Eight days after the fatal floods and landslides in the Freetown area, heavy rainfall continues.
◾The first registration of the affected population has been completed. 5 905 people have been directly affected, of whom 49% are women and girls. So far, 493 deaths have been reported, with 600 people still not accounted for.
NOUVEAUX AFFRONTEMENTS À BRIA, KAGA BANDORO, ENTRAVENT L’AIDE
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
NEW CLASHES IN BRIA, KAGA BANDORO IMPEDE AID
Response operations continued throughout the weekend. Based on adjusted figures, the Office of National Security has reported that, as of 20 August 2017, the total number of registered people affected by the floods and landslides stands at 5,905 in over six communities (Culvert, Dwarzark, Kamayamah, Kanikay, Kaninko and Regent).
Trócaire is providing 'dignity kits' to people from the communities hit by a devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone. At least 500 people are known to have died, while many more are still unaccounted for.
Last Monday, 14 August, a mudslide swept through hillside communities in Freetown, Sierra Leone.
The slopes of Mount Sugar Loaf above Freetown have suffered years of deforestation. That, coupled with recent heavy rains, sent the mudslide speeding down the mountain.
Le Vice-Premier Ministre et Ministre des Affaires étrangères Didier Reynders annonce l’envoi d’une équipe de la Division d’identification des victimes (DVI) de la Police Fédérale en Sierra Leone afin d’aider à l'identification des personnes décédées à la suite des dramatiques inondations et glissements de terrain. Cette catastrophe a causé la mort de plus de 400 personnes. L’équipe belge pourra bénéficier sur place de l’assistance d’un collaborateur consulaire des Affaires étrangères.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Didier Reynders announces that a Disaster Victim Identification Team (DVI) of the Federal Police will be sent to Sierra Leone to help identify the deceased in the dramatic floods and landslides. This disaster caused the death of more than 400 people. The Belgian team will be assisted, on site, by a consular agent dispatched by the FPS Foreign Affairs.
The government of the Republic of Korea will provide humanitarian assistance worth 300,000 US dollars to Sierra Leone, which sustained massive damage from landslides caused by heavy rains in the country’s capital of Freetown on August 14.
Dans la nuit du 13 au 14 août, la capitale de la Sierra Leone, Freetown, a été touchée par de dévastatrices inondations qui ont engendré de meurtriers glissements de terrain. Près de 1.600 familles ont été touchées par ces intempéries et ont besoin urgemment d’une aide humanitaire selon le président de la Sierra Leone. Si l’ampleur des dégâts reste encore à déterminer, les rapports des médias font état de 450 personnes mortes, dont au moins 122 enfants. L’UNOSAT quant à lui, a identifié 349 structures et 1,3 km de routes endommagées dans la zone analysée.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Erin Taylor 267.250.8829 (M)
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.