Saturday 19 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/18/17)
The death toll from devastating floods in Sierra Leone has passed 400 while an estimated 600 others remain missing, a senior Red Cross official said Friday. "Today we are counting more than 400 people dead," the president of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, Elhadj As Sy, told reporters in Geneva. An unofficial morgue toll had previously put the toll at around 400 dead, but the figure had not been officially confirmed. Sy said the government of the West African country was facing a crisis "way beyond (its) capacity" and appealed to the international community to significantly ramp up its support. The displaced are still sleeping outside "because there are not...
(Bloomberg 08/18/17)
Sierra Leone braced for more floods as the country buries the casualties of a mudslide that killed hundreds of people in the capital, Freetown. The government buried almost 300 people this week and the Health Ministry sent out teams to fumigate areas where decomposing bodies are trapped in the mud, Idalia Amaya, emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services, said by phone from Freetown late Thursday. Rescue teams have received reports that some missing people are sending text messages saying they are trapped, Amaya said. The teams have been trying “to work on getting people out but it’s been raining and the mud is very thick and there aren’t enough machines” to clear it, she said. Further landslides are possible...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
Britain's Queen Elizabeth sent her deepest sympathies to hundreds of victims of a mudslide in Sierra Leone that swept away homes on the edge of country's capital city in one of Africa's worst flood disasters in living memory. The African nation gained independence from Britain in 1961 after more than 150 years of colonial rule and still has many traces of its British past. On Wednesday, hundreds of Freetown residents queued to identify relatives crushed by the mudslide on Monday...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
Facing the threat of disease, Sierra Leone on Wednesday began burying hundreds of victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of the capital, one of Africa's worst flood disasters in living memory. Hundreds of Freetown residents queued to identify relatives crushed by the mud on Monday in a valley on the outskirts of Freetown. Aid workers warned of an impending health crisis caused by about 400 corpses left out in the warm, fetid climate. Freetown chief...
(APA 08/17/17)
The Ivorian government has donated to Sierra Leone tones of medicines hours after preside Ernest Bai Koroma launched a call for international aid following Monday’s mudslide in Freetown that has so far claimed over 400 people. “By way of material support, President Alassane Ouattara has kindly offered them a tonne and a half drugs,” Ivorian Economy and Finance Minister, Adama Kone, who was leading an Ivorian delegation to Sierra Leone said on Wednesday. “It is a humanitarian gesture, an act...
(APA 08/17/17)
Senegal has donated $100 000 to bolster the humanitarian operation taking place in Freetown after floods and mudslides that have so far claimed over 400 lives swept through Sierra Leone’s capital city on Monday. Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to Senegal, Mrs. Ebun Strasser-King, on Wednesday night wrote on her Facebook page that “we want to thank in particular the government of Senegal who sent high powered delegation to Freetown and made a contribution of $100 000.” She said it was “a...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
Sierra Leone's President Ernest Bai Koroma has declared seven days of mourning across the country with immediate effect. The president made the announcement through national TV, the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corporation on Tuesday after a devastating mudslide early Monday killed nearly 300 people on the outskirts of capital city Freetown. According to a statement from the Office of the President, the national mourning will start from Aug. 16 to Aug. 22, during which period all flags would be flown at half mast. The general public is also requested to observe a minute of silence at 12 midday on Wednesday
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
Rescue workers have recovered nearly 400 bodies from a mudslide in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital Freetown, the chief coroner said on Tuesday, as morgues struggled to find space for all the dead. Dozens of houses were buried when a mountainside collapsed in the town of Regent on Monday morning - one of the deadliest natural disasters in Africa in recent years. President Ernest Bai Koroma urged residents of Regent and other flooded areas around Freetown to evacuate immediately...
(Xinhuanet 08/16/17)
China is ready to provide assistance to mudslide-hit areas of Sierra Leone, a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday. More than 300 people were killed in a mudslide and flooding in the capital Freetown Monday, according to Sierra Leone's national broadcaster. The death toll is expected to rise and more than 2,000 people have been left homeless. China expressed its sympathy to those affected by the disaster, spokesperson Hua Chunying told a press conference. Hua said the Chinese Embassy in...
(AFP (eng) 08/15/17)
President Ernest Bai Koroma of Sierra Leone said Tuesday that his country needed "urgent support now" for thousands of people affected by massive flooding and mudslides in the capital of one of the world's poorest nations. Addressing the media in the Regent hilltop community of Freetown, one of the areas hit hardest by a mudslide that has destroyed homes, Koroma fought back tears as he said the devastation "was overwhelming us". "Entire communities have been wiped out," Koroma said at the disaster site, where heavy rains streaming down the hillside engulfed homes three or four stories high on Monday...
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
The death toll from massive flooding in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown climbed to 312 on Monday afternoon, the local Red Cross told AFP. Red Cross spokesman Patrick Massaquoi told AFP the toll could rise further as his team continued to survey disaster areas in Freetown, where heavy rains have caused homes to disappear under water and triggered a mudslide.
(AFP (eng) 08/14/17)
At least 180 people were killed and more than 2,000 left homeless when a mudslide and heavy flooding hit Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, on Monday, leaving hospitals struggling to cope. An AFP journalist at the scene saw bodies being carried away and houses submerged in two areas of the city, where roads were turned into churning rivers of mud and corpses washed up on the streets. Mohamed Sinneh, a morgue technician at Freetown's Connaught Hospital, said "at least" 180 bodies...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
DAKAR (Reuters) - At least 179 bodies have been brought to the central morgue in Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, after a mudslide in the outskirts of the city on Monday morning, the Red Cross said. The death toll is expected to rise as more bodies are recovered, Red Cross spokesman Abu Bakarr Tarawallie said by telephone.
(The Guardian 08/14/17)
More than 2,000 estimated homeless as mudslide on outskirts of capital Freetown submerges houses and turns streets into churning rivers. Hundreds of people are thought to have been killed in a mudslide on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. A hillside in Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown, collapsed in the early hours of Monday morning after heavy rains, leaving hundreds of people trapped. Morgues in the capital have been overwhelmed with bodies, while relatives have...
(Xinhuanet 08/14/17)
Over 200 corpses have been taken to the hospital after a heavy downpour caused mudslides in the mountain town of Regent in the western and other parts of Freetown, capital of Sierra Leone, Head of the Connaught Hospital Motuary,Sinneh Kamara, has disclosed here Monday. The military and the police are currently engaged in a rescue mission and the number of fatalities might increase because ambulances are currently taking dead bodies to the mortuary. Relatives are at the mortuary, seeking to...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/14/17)
Hundreds of people are feared buried in a mudslide on Monday in the outskirts of Sierra Leone's capital, witnesses said. The mudslide happened in the early morning in the mountain town of Regent, where dozens of houses were submerged after a night of heavy rain. A death toll was not immediately available.
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(APA 08/08/17)
The United Nations Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of environmentally-sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes is due in Sierra Leone next week. The government has announced that Baskut Tuncak is to embark on a week-long visit to enable him gain first-hand understanding of human rights and their connection with the issue of the handling and disposal of toxic and other hazardous substances. Mr Tuncak is scheduled to arrive in Freetown on Monday 14 August and depart Friday 25 August, a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation said.
(The Guardian 07/28/17)
Abortion is illegal in Sierra Leone, with one of the highest rates of teen pregnancy in the world. Attitudes need to change to save the lives of young girls. I recently saw a girl in clinic with terrible complications following a caesarean section. The operation had been botched and she had an infection around her uterus. She was in terrible pain and critically unwell. This was in the children’s clinic; the girl was 14 years old. This scenario is all...
(APA 07/28/17)
The NGO Defence for Children International Sierra Leone (DCI-SL) on Thursday organized training for Paramount Chiefs and members of the Family Support Units (FSU) within the Sierra Leone Police in a bid to bridge a collaboration gap in the effort to prosecute sexual violence cases. The training was organized in the southern Moyamba District, one of the districts highly affected by this epidemic of sexual violence in Sierra Leone. A statement from the campaign group said the purpose of the...

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