Sierra Leone

IOM Sierra Leone Flood Response Situation Report - 11 September 2017



  • IOM has finalized the installation of floor pallets in all 50 tents in Juba Barrack transit site. All tents are now occupied by households displaced by the floods and subsequent mudslides.

  • IOM has completed the setup of temporary drainage and a communal kitchen in the Juba Barrack transit site. A extension to the medical clinic and a shaded area are being constructed.

  • 2 half-day introductory trainings on Camp Coordination and Camp management (CCCM) were conducted in the Old Skool and Juba Barrack transit sites by IOM.

Situation Overview

The floods and subsequent mudslides that occurred on 14 August 2017 have resulted in 500 persons losing their lives and affected a total of 5,951 people (1,616 households). Out of the these affected population, 371 households have sought refuge in collective centres such as schools, mosques, churches, community centres and transit sites whereas 905 affected households are being hosted by friends and families. The majority of displaced persons are located in communities of Culvert, Dwazark,
Juba, Kamayama, Kaningo and Regent (All data is based on the verification exercise by Registration Pillar on 31 August 2017).

The government is conducting a reverification exercise and the number of affected households will likely to increase.

On the 11 September the government announced a reform of the humanitarian coordination structure in-country. The new coordination structure incorporates six pillars, including Psychosocial, Health/case management/burials, Shelter, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Food/Nutrition and Technical. The Communications, Logistics and Security Pillars will continue to exist as cross-cutting Pillars.
The government has announced to start cash transfer programmes in support of the affected population. There will be two kinds of cash transfers: 1) Humanitarian Cash Transfers targeting all households verified as affected by the floods and subsequent mudslides over a period of three months with a total of USD 180; and 2) Early Recovery Cash Transfers targeting those verified households which are living outside of transit sites and not going back to the original affected locations through one-off transfers with USD 300. IOM will continue supporting the Government of Sierra Leone in CCCM and Shelter technical support as well as additional interventions as required based on the assessments in health, infection prevention and control (IPC) and WASH.