Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone Floods Emergency Appeal No. 05EA018

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In Brief

THIS EMERGENCY APPEAL SEEKS CHF 235,000 (USD 188,522 OR EUR 153,242) IN CASH, KIND, OR SERVICES TO ASSIST 7,000 BENEFICIARIES FOR 4 MONTHS

The Situation

The Pujehun District of Sierra Leone experienced heavy torrential rains starting on 15 August 2005 leading to flooding in several villages, particularly those of Taninahun, Jorma Jargor, Swao and Bandakoh. The situation worsened over 24 hours as floods continued to wreck havoc within Pujehun District. The latest information (as of 31 August) from the Pujehun Red Cross branch, working in collaboration with the Office of National Security and OCHA, indicates the following:

- Most of the affected locations/villages along the river line (particularly the Gbondapi swampy areas) are still inaccessible due to damaged or flooded roads, including very high water levels. Some villages are still t r apped and surrounded by water.

- The Massahun Kpaka and Dadabu highways and river access to Bandakoh, Linsar, Morjaibo and Kakuani are still inaccessible.

- Over 10,000 people are registered affected in various locations within the 12 chiefdoms of Pujehun District and are deprived of clean drinking water and sanitation facilities.

- Over 60 villages are affected in Swao and the Gallines Perri chiefdom.

- Over 500 houses are completely destroyed, with some partially submerged or damaged.

- Several acres of farmland have been destroyed.

- Outbreaks of cholera, diarrhoeal diseases, malaria, dengue fever and other epidemics are possible (some cases of cholera have already been reported).

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Dr. Moctarr Jalloh, SLRCS President; Phone +232 76 618083

Arthur Cummings, SLRCS Secretary General; Phone + 232 76 616165

Momodou Lamin Fye, Federation Head of Delegation, Sierra Leone; Phone+ 232 76 672125 OR 228139, Vandy Sonah, Disaster Management Coordinator, SLRCS, Phone +232 76 608 379

Alasan Senghore, HoRD, Dakar Mobile: +221 5691360, Email f i rcsn21@ifrc.org; and Hanna Schmuck, Regional Disaster Management Coordinator, Dakar; Email ifrcsn14@ifrc.org; Phone +221.869.3641; Fax +221.860.2002 and Daniel Bolanos, Dakar Regional Delegation Disaster Management Delegate, mobile no. +221-637 50 92

In Geneva: Madeleine Lundberg, Federation Regional Officer for West and Central Africa, Africa Dept.; Email: Madeleine.lundberg@ifrc.org; Phone +41.22.730.4335; Fax +41.22.733.0395

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