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)
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.
David 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.
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).
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.
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.
The assistance will be provided by Israel’s embassy in Senegal in accordance with immediate needs on the ground.
(Communicated by the MFA Spokesperson)
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.
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.
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.
• The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) has been deployed on Friday 18 September for an initial period of three weeks to support the ongoing assessments, coordination and reporting efforts.
• By 19 August, UNFPA will have finalised inventory information on the stock status at the Central Medical Store level. The results of the inventory status will be compared with findings of the rapid assessment to inform procurement of reproductive health commodities
Map shows the extent and context of landslides from satellite images on 15 Aug 2017. Selected logistical sites and divisions are also shown.
This map shows landslides mapped from satellite imagery following the Regent event on 15 August 2017. The main landslide outline in Regent has been updated from the product released by UNITAR-UNOSAT (published 16 August, version 1.0) using the updated UNITAR-UNOSAT georectification of the satellite image on 17th August.
Thousands of vulnerable people in dire need following mudslides in Sierra Leone are to begin receiving urgent help today, following the decision yesterday by a global network of NGOs to fund six rapid-response projects.
Togo’s Head of State, and Chairperson of the Authority of Heads of State and Government of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Faure Essozimna Gnassingbe, as well as the West African Community expressed their affinity with the people of Sierra Leone.
President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, accompanied by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, travelled to Freetown on 17 August 2017 to give financial support to victims of floods and mudslides which occurred on Monday 14 August 2017.
August 18, 2017
by Diana Quick
During the night of August 14, devastating mudslides swept down the steep hillsides and slopes of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown, engulfing the homes of thousands of families who live in these highly congested areas. The estimated death toll is around 400, with another 800 unaccounted for. About 20,000 people have been displaced from their homes across more than a dozen communities.
This Emergency Appeal is being issued on preliminary basis and seeks a total of 4,637,689 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in delivering assistance to 4,800 people (800 families) affected by mudslides over 10 months. The operation will focus on the following areas of interventions: health; shelter including essential non-food items; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and restoring family links (RFL).
Threat worsening as rainfall, deforestation increase
By Edward McAllister
DAKAR, Aug 18 (Reuters) - Natural and human factors made Sierra Leone's capital vulnerable to a landslide that killed more than 400 people this week: heavy rain, deforested land and communities forced by overcrowding to live on steep hillsides.
Read the full report on Reuters
Freetown – More than 300 people have died with hundreds more still missing following severe mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone’s capital, according to the Office of National Security (ONS). Two districts have been affected: Freetown (eastern and western outskirts) and Bo district.
"Freetown and other precarious cities need safer urban planning and land use initiatives" (Corrects spelling of name in paragraph 15)
DAKAR, Aug 17 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A mudslide which devastated Sierra Leone's capital Freetown this week, killing about 400 people and leaving more than 3,000 homeless, has raised questions about deforestation, urban planning and disaster preparedness in the West African nation.