Sierra Leone Mudslide– Sierra Leone witnessed a deadly mudslide that has killed as much as 300 and counting. Many families have been affected by the disaster and thousands displaced.
On Monday heavy rains caused the collapse of a section of Sugar Loaf mountain.
The muddy flood covered many houses. Report says the death toll is most certain to increase as search has begun to recover bodies and possible survivors of the disaster.
The collapse occurred in the evening at about 6:00 GMT. Some report says some were asleep when the muddy flood swept through their houses.
Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi says about 312 were confirmed dead with at least 1000 properties either submerged in the mud flood or destroyed.
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Sierra Leonean disaster management also states that “over 2,000 people are homeless” as a result of the mudslide in the Regent area.
The President of the country, Ernest Bai Koroma has commiserated with affected families and pledged government’s assistance in calming the tension and reaching out to the afflicted.
“Many of our compatriots have lost their lives, many more have been gravely injured and billions of Leones worth of property destroyed in the flooding and landslides that swept across some parts of our city,”
“I am very disturbed by this national tragedy and with a heavy heart, let me extend profound condolences to the bereaved families. This is not a tragedy for you alone; it is a tragedy for every Sierra Leonean because the people who have perished in this disaster are our compatriots. Every single family, every single ethnic group, every single region is either directly or indirectly affected by this disaster.”
President Koroma said emergency plans have been set in motion to assist the surviving victims of the flood. He has requested dwellers of the affected as well as disaster-prone areas to leave those areas.
The police, military and the Office of National Security have all set out in the rescue mission.
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Report says that most of the houses originally situated at the foot of the mountain were completely swept away by the flood.
This Sierra Leone Mudslide will not be the first of its kind. In 2015, monsoon rains caused floods that killed 10 people and displaced thousands of Sierra Leoneans.
Flooding is an expected disaster in the West African country.
A US National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center analysis shows that since 1st July this year, Freetown has received 41 inches of rain, translating to 3 times the average of 13.8 inches.
The President’s spokesperson, Abdulai Bayraytay says the first step is to provide medical and therapeutic help for the survivors as rescue teams have set to work.
“We have alerted all hospitals so that those rescued can be provided with immediate support on site or be ferried to hospitals,”
Save the Children Sierra Leone Country have also begun work as children are the most vulnerable group. They intend to protect them from waterborne diseases that may erupt with the flood.
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