Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone: Flash Update no.4 OCHA West & Central Africa, 19 August 2017

Situation Report
Originally published


Situation overview

• 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

• The Start Fund, designed to fill critical gaps by enabling aid agencies to respond early and fast to emergencies, has approved £355,262 of funding to six NGOs (CAFOD, Christian Aid, Tearfund, Handicap International, Care International and ActionAid) and their partners working on the ground. The selected projects include:

  • the provision of clean water to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases outbreaks such as cholera,

  • psychosocial support provided to people who are injured,

  • cash grants to enable the most vulnerable families to buy what they need,

  • work to prevent further harm and loss and reducing risks in the eventuality of another landslide or further floods.

• IFRC has launched an Emergency Appeal targeting a total of CHF 4,637,689 (US$ 4,800,000) to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in delivering assistance, over 10 months, to 4,800 people (800 families) affected by the mudslides. The operation will focus on the following areas of interventions: health; shelter and essential non-food items; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and restoring family links (RFL).

• ECOWAS President Faure Essozimna Gnassingbé, accompanied by the President of the ECOWAS Commission, Marcel de Souza, travelled to Freetown on 17 August 2017 to give a US$ 800,000 financial support to victims of the floods and mudslides.

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