Local media in Sierra Leone are reporting that several people have died after flash floods in the capital, Freetown, on 02 August.
The city saw torrential rain on 02 August, with more expected. Streets have been inundated and homes damaged or destroyed. At least 4 deaths occurred after the wall of a building collapsed.
Local media said there were reports of people trapped in flooded homes and vehicles with little, if any, emergency assistance available. Flood waters reportedly swamped the city’s port area, tipping over shipping containers.
Many in the city are fearing a repeat of the August 2017 disaster when flooding and mudslides killed an estimated 1,000 people in one of the worst flood-related disasters to hit Africa in living memory.
Some critics described the 2017 floods as a “man-made disaster” that could have been prevented. In particular the city’s unchecked urban sprawl came under scrutiny.
In May 2018, almost 1 year after the disaster, many survivors were still living in fear of a fresh disaster.
The Freetown central mortuary has received seven bodies from yesterday’s heavy downpour in & around the #SierraLeone capital. The heavy rain submerged several communities, but the water levels have now receded.
— Umaru Fofana (@UmaruFofana) August 3, 2019
— GPAN (@AfricaRepublic) August 2, 2019
I'm hoping all my friends in Sierra Leone are ok.
The flooding looks bad. pic.twitter.com/TIos7MjEv5
— Adam Jennison (@adamjennison) August 2, 2019
Flooding in sierra leone. pic.twitter.com/kP3uTzVFYT
— Malike Shamel (@ShamelMalike) August 3, 2019