Sierra Leone

IOM Sierra Leone Flood Response Situation Report - 28 August 2017



  • IOM distributed Non Food Items (NFIs) to 127 flood affected households in Dwazark. This is in addition to 40 NFI kits that had been distributed to flood affected households in Wellington.

  • IOM finalized the fencing for Juba Barrack displacement site and is setting up 33 tents, donated by JICA to the Government of Sierra Leone, while partners are putting up water tanks, latrines and shower facilities.

  • IOM provided three distributions of Infection, Prevention and Control supplies to the Ministry of Health and Sanitation to support decontamination, cleaning and personal protection for burial teams and hospital staff.

Situation Overview

The floods and subsequent mudslides that occurred on 14 August 2017 resulted in 500 persons losing their lives, with an additional 800 persons still missing and over 1,000 households (4,300 individuals) rendered homeless. 1,819 are currently sheltered in collective centres (schools, mosques, churches) whereas another 2,476 are being hosted by families and relatives.* The majority of displaced persons are located in Dwazark, Gbangbayilla, Kamayama, Kaningo, and Regent. In addition, 112 households (over 500 individuals) are not displaced, but have been severely affected by the flooding, which has damaged their homes and/or assets. The majority are in Gbangabayilla, and another 623 households are in Culvert.

The Government of Sierra Leone, and particularly, the Office of National Security (ONS) is leading the response, with the support of partners on the ground. Pillars for Coordination, Health/Burial, Logistics, Social Mobilisation/Communication, Registration, WASH, Protection/Psychosocial, Food/Nutrition, Security/Safety, and NFI/Shelter (which includes Camp Coordination and Camp Management (CCCM)) have been activated to coordinate the response. In coordination with the Government of Sierra Leone and partners, IOM aims to safeguard the health, security, privacy and dignity of women, men, boys and girls affected by the August 2017 flood and mudslide events in Freetown through the provision of NonFood Items (NFIs), Emergency Shelter, Enhanced Protection, Health Support, Data Collection and Analysis, and CCCM.

This data is being used by the Shelter Pillar and is based from the Ministry of Social Welfare’s registration and was reviewed by the National Commission for Social Action (NaCSA).This data is not final and is currently being verified.