This Emergency Appeal is being issued on preliminary basis and seeks a total of 4,637,689 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society (SLRCS) in delivering assistance to 4,800 people (800 families) affected by mudslides over 10 months. The operation will focus on the following areas of interventions: health; shelter including essential non-food items; water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH); disaster risk reduction (DRR) and restoring family links (RFL). It also includes provision of National Society capacity strengthening in the areas of training of volunteers, emergency health, water and sanitation services, and disaster preparedness. Given the extent of damage to the houses of affected people, the main focus of the Emergency Appeal is on shelter interventions. It will deliver emergency, transitional and core shelter assistance through emergency shelter materials and unconditional cash grants. Details will be available in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) to be linked.
The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date
14 August 2017: Mudslides and flood occur in hillside towns of Freetown.
14 August 2017: Rapid assessment, search and rescue, first aid, evacuation and medical care are carried out.
15 August 2017: 271,032 Swiss francs is allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).
15 August 2017: The government declares the disaster as Emergency Level 3 seeking external assistance.
17 August 2017: The IFRC launches an Emergency Appeal for 4,637,689 Swiss francs to assist 4,800 people for 10 months.