Sierra Leone – Freetown Flood Victims Still in Temporary Camps 4 Months On

The Red Cross say that victims of the floods that struck in Freetown, Sierra Leone, in September 2015 are still displaced, staying in camps at stadiums.

In Freetown, an estimated 12,000 people were displaced and initially sought refuge in stadiums. According to government figures, as many as 24,000 people in five districts were affected by the flooding.

Four months on and many of the victims remain in the camps, according to the Red Cross. In the camps the risk of a disease outbreak grows since there is limited access to safe drinking water and proper sanitary facilities.

Humanitarian Aid

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) have released an additional 196,950 Swiss francs (in total 285,000 Swiss francs) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) to support the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society in assisting people affected by the flooding. Interventions focused on health and care, shelter, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion.

The major donors and partners of the DREF include the National Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic, Zurich and Coca Cola Foundations and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Sierra Leone Red Cross Society, extends its thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.

Temporary camp for Freetown flood victims. Photo: Katherine Mueller, IFRC
Temporary camp for Freetown flood victims. Photo: Katherine Mueller, IFRC