Donors’ Aid Pledges for Sierra Leone After Deadly Mudslide

Dozens of houses were engulfed by mud when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent, on the edge of Freetown.

Freetown 14 August 2017
Red Cross volunteers dig for survivors and support distraught families in the wake of heavy flooding and mudslides that ripped through Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.
Photo credit: Sierra Leone Red Cross Society

DAKAR, Aug 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Donor pledges are pouring in from countries across the world to aid Sierra Leone after a mudslide devastated the capital this week, killing at least 400 people and leaving 3,000 homeless.

Dozens of houses were engulfed by mud when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent, on the edge of Freetown, on Monday – in one of Africa’s deadliest mudslides in decades.

The death toll is expected to rise as the search for missing people continues. More than 600 people are missing, the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society said.

Aid agencies are racing to provide food, shelter and healthcare to the homeless, and prevent outbreaks of dangerous water-borne diseases such as cholera and typhoid.

Below is a list of the financial pledges announced by countries to provide emergency aid to Sierra Leone.

Countries including Israel and Ivory Coast announced they would send aid from food and medicine to water and blankets, while other nations such as Guinea, Liberia and Nigeria pledged their support but did not say how much they would spend.

These unspecified pledges are not included below.

BRITAIN – 5 million pounds ($6.5 million)
CHINA – $1 million
TOGO – $500,000
IRELAND – 400,000 EUR ($470,000)
SWITZERLAND – 400,000 CHF ($415,000)
EUROPEAN UNION – 300,000 EUR ($350,000)
ECOWAS (West African regional bloc) – $300,000
UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – $100,000
SENEGAL – $100,000

SOURCES: Donor countries, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), Sierra Leone’s government website. ($1 = 0.7765 pounds / 0.9615 Swiss francs / 0.8519 euros)

Writing By Kieran Guilbert, editing by Astrid Zweynert for the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the charitable arm of Thomson Reuters.

Map of affected areas of Freetown, Sierra Leone. Image credit’ ECHO / EU

Flood Summary

Last updated: August 30, 2017
Event
Sierra Leone, August 2017
Date
August 14, 2017
Type
Flash flood, Landslide
Cause
Extreme rainfall, Long-term rainfall
The flooding and landslides of 14 August occurred after 80 mm of rain fell in a few hours.

The verification of registered affected persons led by Ministry of Social Welfare, Gender and Children’s Affairs took place on 26-27-28 August with support from several humanitarian partners. A total of 1,424 households were verified and/or newly registered bringing the total of directly affected people to 5,962 including 904 children under 5 years and 113 pregnant women.

Further flooding occurred 26/27 August Freetown. UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that flooding damaged a health centre, a bridge and a school at Kroo Bay. One person was reported dead and two injured.

Locations

A - Regent
B - Freetown
C - Goderich
D - Lumley
E - Kissy Brook

Magnitude

Rainfall level
81.3 mm in 24 hours
Wilberforce, Freetown - August 14 to August 14, 2017
Nearly 81.3 mm fell in 12 hours of which 70 mm fell in about 7 hours, according to Sierra Leone Meteorological Agency

Damages

Fatalities
409 people
August 14 to August 19, 2017
According to ECHO figures
Missing people
810 people
August 14 to August 19, 2017
According to ECHO figures
Injured
330 people
August 14 to August 19, 2017