UN agencies rushing aid to more than 3000 displaced in flood-hit Sierra Leone
19 August, 2017, 06:48
The People's National Party (PNP) says it stands firmly with the people of Sierra Leone and Spain as they experience "horrendous tragedies" at this time.
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A donation of 100,000 Dollars to the Government of Sierra Leone through the Ministry of Health and Sanitation, ; a sum which could be used to support victims and also to help prevent any epidemic that could occur, as a result of the incident.
Red Cross volunteers are digging for survivors and supporting distraught families in the wake of heavy flooding and mudslides that have ripped through Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. "The urgent needs are around shelter, safe water, food and re-establishing proper sanitation to avoid any risk of disease spreading".
For victims of the flooding and mudslides, Bishop Oyedepo pledged assistance of food items and general provisions, including 250 bags of rice, 250 liters of vegetable oil, 250 bags of onions, 250 blankets, clothing, washing soap among others. People continue to search through tons of mud and debris amid the remains of mangled buildings.
"I came to identify my uncle in particular, but I couldn't find him", said 30-year-old Hawanatu Sesay, after her turn came to look through the morgue.
Serria Leone President, Ernest Koroma, when he visited the disaster stricken area, called on the global community to provide "urgent support". A mudslide happened on Monday after a mountainside collapsed in Regent in the southeast of Freetown following torrential rains and took the lives of around 300 people.
"We fear there are no more survivors", he said. The Red Cross said in total, approximately 600 people are missing.
The authorities should have learned lessons from previous similar incidents and put in place systems to prevent, or at least minimise, the consequences of these disasters, he added. The Red Cross has reported that some 600 persons are still missing.
Receiving the Togolese President and delegation, President Koroma described the visit as a source of consolation and solidarity to the Government and people of Sierra Leone.
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