Sierra Leone: Landslide and Floods Situation Update no.6, 25 August 2017

This bulletin is produced by the UNDAC team in collaboration with the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office in Sierra Leone, liaising with the Office of National Security and humanitarian partners.

Situation overview

Through satellite and real time analysis it has been confirmed that landslides occurred on the morning of August 14th, with the debris from Mount Sugar Loaf resulting in 496 fatalities and roughly 800 missing persons.

There are no visible signs of hazardous waste and there is no information of potential industrial or major commercial building being impacted by the landslide. Nevertheless, more studies will be concluded in near future and the area should be avoided until further notice.

The rainy season is continuing, and the flood affected areas remain fragile. The government counts 5.905 affected individuals and an estimated 80% of that amount relates to flood victims. A number of those in turn represent vulnerable people, especially in case of new torrential rains.

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