Heavy rain has caused floods and mudslides in Freetown of Sierra Leone. At least 400 people have been reported killed by the mudslide according to the Sierra Leone government Office of National Security . A national emergency was declared after the city suffered the worst flooding seen in West Africa for over 20 years. The flooding began during the night on 14th August, leaving people with little to no warning as flood waters and mud swept into the streets of Freetown. Part of the Sugar Loaf Mountain, a conical mountain overlooking the capital Freetown, collapsed causing a huge mudslide. Many people have become homeless. Authorities urged affected residents to move to safer ground. Rescue operations are currently ongoing. Freetown is struggling to cope with the scale of the damage and the loss of life.
BRAC has engaged in an emergency response process to help the many families affected by this disaster. We are providing $20,000 worth of support including a donation to the President’s Emergency Relief Fund and $10,000 worth of food and clothing for those who have been displaced. This support has been given based on a rapid needs assessment conducted by our team in BRAC Sierra Leone.
Our team in Sierra Leone is continuing to monitor the situation and stands ready to provide further assistance based on further needs assessments that are being conducted over the coming days.