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17 Aug 2017 description

The terrible aftermath of the mudslides in Sierra Leone, which have left more than 3000 people homeless, grimly illustrates the human cost of the government’s failure to implement housing and land policies, said Amnesty International.

Over 400 people were killed in the mudslide, which struck in the early hours of Monday 14 August in the Regent community of the capital, Freetown, with victims largely those living in informal settlements. With hundreds of people still missing, the shocking death toll is expected to rise substantially.

17 Aug 2017 description

A national emergency was declared in Sierra Leone after heavy flooding caused devastating mud slides on the edge of the city’s capital Freetown on Monday morning [14 August]. Hundreds are feared dead, thousands are still missing and many more have been left homeless and in urgent need of food, shelter and protection.

17 Aug 2017 description
report Tearfund

Tearfund’s Country Representative in Sierra Leone speaks of the terrible destruction he has witnessed, following the terrible flooding and landslides – as well as ‘a great outpouring of love’ in the affected areas.

Tearfund is currently working closely with its local partners in Sierra Leone to plan a response to this week’s deadly landslides, which have killed hundreds, possibly thousands of people.

17 Aug 2017 description
report Street Child

Street Child have distributed 2,000 emergency food packages including fresh food and clean water to thousands impacted by the Sierra Leone mudslides which has killed hundreds and left thousands of people homeless and with simply nothing.

17 Aug 2017 description
report Cordaid

Mudslides in Sierra Leone’s capital city Freetown on Monday August 14 killed over 300 people. Cordaid’s team in Sierra Leone is coordinating with Caritas partners to provide relief aid to victims of the disasters in communities that were the most affected. Our colleague Ngozi Monica Cole reports from Freetown.

Most victims lived in informal settlements

17 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

FREETOWN/DAKAR/NEW YORK, 17 August 2017 – UNICEF is on the ground urgently responding to the needs of displaced families affected by the flooding and landslides in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown which have killed several hundred people including at least 109 children, according to government sources. The death-toll is expected to rise, with over 600 people, including many children, still unaccounted for.

17 Aug 2017 description

Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Simon Coveney T.D., and Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D., today expressed solidarity with those affected by floods and mudslides in Sierra Leone.

17 Aug 2017 description
report The Guardian

Hundreds feared dead, thousands still missing and many more left homeless after mud engulfs houses near the capital, Freetown

Sierra Leone’s president has appealed for urgent help to support the thousands of people affected by a devastating mudslide on the outskirts of the country’s capital.

Read more on the Guardian.

17 Aug 2017 description

When the devastating tragic mudslide and flooding hit Freetown on 14th August 2017, Sierra Leone underwent another heartbreaking disaster after the outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease. The Chinese government has been following the disaster and relief actions closely and studied the way of providing emergency support to Sierra Leone. In the afternoon of August 16, WANG Xinmin, Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Freetown, called upon H.E. President Dr.

17 Aug 2017 description

Map Information

On the 14th of August 2017, massive mudslides and floods have affected Freetown in Sierra Leone, the worst-hit area is thought to be the Regent district where dozens of houses were submerged when the hillside collapsed.

17 Aug 2017 description

Following the deadly mudslide and floods that have caused hundreds of casualties in Sierra Leone and displaced around 1100 households, the EU has released an initial amount of emergency humanitarian assistance of €300 000 for the most vulnerable families affected by this disaster.

The EU has also activated its emergency Copernicus mapping system to provide damage assessment maps to help with the relief efforts and a Commission humanitarian expert is on his way to assess the needs on the ground.

17 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

By John James

If Ebola was an emergency based around a tiny virus that often killed before it was discovered, the deep brown gash on a Freetown hillside is a sign of a disaster of a very different nature.

16 Aug 2017 description
report UN Children's Fund

Highlights

On the night of 13 August 2017, the city of Freetown and its outskirts experienced torrential rains and landslides that continued well into the morning of 14 August 2017.

As at 15 August, the Ministry of Information and Communication has confirmed that 297 deaths have died (105 adult males, 83 women and 109 children, as a result of flooding and landslides, with many still reported missing. The figures are expected to rise.

16 Aug 2017 description

Situation overview

• Heavy rain is still falling regularly over Freetown, making removal of debris and search for missing persons difficult. The risk of further landslides is not excluded and the Government, with the support of UNOPS, WFP and FAO, is conducting an analysis of at risk areas, most specifically a 2D and 3D mapping of the hills in Sugar Loaf neighbourhoods. The Government may recommend evacuation of additional areas, with the number of displaced people subsequently increasing.

16 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.

16 Aug 2017 description
report Salvation Army

THE Salvation Army in Sierra Leone is responding after torrential rains in the capital, Freetown, caused significant floods and devastating landslides. According to the latest reports, almost 400 people are known to have lost their lives – most in a landslide that buried houses in the Regent neighbourhood – and at least 600 are missing. The country's Office of National Security estimates that more than 3,000 people have lost their homes.

16 Aug 2017 description

Map Information

On the 14th of August 2017, massive mudslides and floods have affected Freetown in Sierra Leone, the worst-hit area is thought to be the Regent district where dozens of houses were submerged when the hillside collapsed.

16 Aug 2017 description

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

A deadly torrential rain caused mudslides on 14 August in Sierra Leone, resulted in heavy destruction and numerous fatalities in hillside towns of Freetown. The most severe mudslides occurred in the eastern part of Racecourse, in the outskirts of Regent and Lumley area of the Sierra Leone capital. Further rain is expected in coming days and more areas are likely to be affected.