Sierra Leone

IOM Sierra Leone Flood Response Situation Report - 4 September 2017



  • IOM distributed Non Food Items (NFIs) to 150 flood affected households in Mountain Cut. This is in addition to 167 NFI kits that had been distributed to flood affected households in Dwazark and Wellington.

  • IOM set up 50 tents, donated by JICA to the Government of Sierra Leone, in Juba Barracks, finalized drainage and set up handwashing stations. Partners installed water tanks, latrines and shower facilities.

  • IOM participated in the site assessment delegation, which comprised of National Commission for Social Action, Office of National Security, Ministry of Health and partners. They assessed Old School, Juba Barrack and flood affected areas.

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 which 969 are children under the age of 5. Out of the affected population, 1,616 households have been displaced, 371 households have sought refuge in collective centres such at 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 with severe needs in terms of humanitarian assistance. In addition, 226 affected households are not displaced, but have been affected by the flooding and are in need of assistance. The most vulnerable areas are Regent and Kamayama, as directly affected by the mudslides (Please note that data presented in the aforementioned is based on the verification exercise led by the Government of Sierra Leone and partners as part of the Registration Pillar on 31 August ).

The Government of Sierra Leone, through the Office of national Security (ONS) is leading the response, with the support of partners. Pillars for Coordination, Health/Burial, Logistics, Social Mobilisation/Communication, Registration, Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH), Protection/Psychosocial, Food/Nutrition, Security/Safety and Shelter (which includes non-food items (NFI) and 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, girls and boys affected by the flood and mudslide in Freetown through the provision of NFIs, Emergency Shelter, CCCM, WASH, enhanced protection, Health Support and Displacement Tracking and Monitoring.