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)
A distraught mother stands at the entrance of the morgue at Connaught Hospital in Freetown, Sierra Leone. She is looking for her son, who is missing, feared dead after devastating mudslides, caused by torrential rain ripped through the capital on Monday.
Thousands of Freetown residents queue here, trying their best to deal with the grim reality that in a matter of hours or maybe minutes, they could be identifying the body of a loved one. Many of these people will find themselves the only surviving member of their family.
The Government and the UN system through the Resident Coordinator have requested international support. A deployment of a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) team should take place within 48 hours to support the ongoing assessments, coordination and reporting efforts.
Heavy rainfall in the western Gulf of Guinea triggers flooding and damages to infrastructure
Africa Weather Hazards
Above-normal rainfall since July has elevated the risk for flooding in southeastern Sudan and parts of western Ethiopia. Heavy rainfall is forecast for mid to late August.
Despite increased moisture in early August, poorly distributed rainfall across parts of Eritrea, Ethiopia,
Djibouti, and western Somalia since early July have led to high seasonal moisture deficits.
More than 300 people are reported to have died in the floods and landslides in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. According to reports, 3,000 people have been made homeless. With a presence in Sierra Leone for the past 21 years, Handicap International is on the ground, providing support to the most vulnerable individuals.
At least 312 people were killed and hundreds reported missing, including many children, after 13 communities in and around Freetown were devastated by floods and mudslides on Monday.
La Agencia Española de Cooperación (AECID) envía desde hoy una aportación de 60.000 euros para financiar distintas iniciativas de asistencia humanitaria lideradas en el terreno por la Cruz Roja y Media Luna Roja.
Finn Church Aid (FCA) has granted 30,000 euros to emergency assistance in Sierra Leone after mudslides and floods killed over 400 people in the capital Freetown and left more than 3 000 homeless.
Severe mudslides and floods hit Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown and it’s neighboring areas on Monday August 14th, killing at least 400 people. Razed buildings covered in mud and rubble left over 3 000 homeless.
“FCA will assist with building temporary shelter and providing food and clothing”, says FCA’s Country Director **Michael Doe** from Freetown.
Christian Aid has today launched a public appeal for emergency funds to support its relief operation for families devastated by the flooding and mudslide disaster in Sierra Leone.
Some 3,000 people lost their homes after seasonal rains caused a landslide that submerged entire communities in Regent and its environs – a mountainous area on the outskirts of the capital city, Freetown.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.