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Tuesday, 22 August 2017 00:00

Widespread damage and casualties in Freetown, Sierra Leone

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The deadly floods and landslides in Freetown, Sierra Leone have caused large-scale destruction in the city. Heavy rains caused floods and mud slides without prior warning on the night of 14 August. Parts of the Sugar Loaf Mountain collapsed on the edge of the city in the Regent area.

These disasters have caused many residents to become homeless overnight. Authorities have urged affected residents to move to safer grounds as rescue operations continue. As of 15 August, 297 people have been reported killed with many more still missing.

BRAC in Sierra Leone is planning to donate USD 20,000 to the President Emergency Relief Fund; half of the amount will be given in cash while the rest will comprise of food and clothing for affected families.

The office of National Security has requested support from development partners in the form of medicine, food, WASH, clothing, and burial materials.

The government of Sierra Leone has declared a seven-day mourning period.

 

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