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(2017, August 22). Retrieved from. Figure 1- Map of 2017 Sierra Leone mudslides – areas affected Rising temperatures and increased precipitation expand the breeding sites for vector-borne diseases, and lead to a higher risk of water-borne diseases [18]. [13][1]:19 Power outages occurred in several communities, partly due to the Electricity Distribution and Supply Authority's (EDSA) temporarily taking certain areas off the grid to avoid electrical incidents. A look at how and why predictions of environmental disaster were ignored in a country recovering from war and disease. Retrieved from http://documents.worldbank.org/curated/en/523671510297364577/Sierra-Leone-Rapid-damage-and-loss-assessment-of-August-14th-2017-landslides-and-floods-in-the-western-area, [2] Erakit, J. Al Jazeera. Huge boulders, dislodged by rain, left a … People walk up the mudslide in the mountain town of Regent, Sierra Leone in this still image taken from a video. Sierra Leone is facing significant health challenges after this week's devastating mudslides claimed nearly 500 lives, a government official said, with the number of dead expected to rise. Retrieved 21 April 2020, from. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. [20], Sierra Leone's Office for National Security (ONS) advised survivors to evacuate flood-prone areas. (2017, August 31). The alternative that he produces is briquettes, which last four hours longer than charcoal [24]. The August 2017 mudslide occurred due to heavy rainfall that led Freetown to become flooded during the rainy season. [3] These mountains run along the peninsula parallel to the Atlantic for 25 miles. In some cases, entire families disappeared. [20] Fernandes, C. (2017, September 8). This Rapid Response Fund, published on August 21st, got revised on August 25th. [4], Freetown suffers from long-term issues involving poor urban development programs. The August 2017 mudslide highlights areas such as housing, healthcare, and environmental protection in Sierra Leone, which must be improved. Retrieved from http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs094/en/. [24] Reynolds, E. (2019, December 3). Now it’s free, how to pay for it? CNN. The likely unprecedented nature in which these occurrences will take place is strongly associated with climate change and human-induced activities, such as… The day the mountain fell: Sierra Leone’s mudslide. Sierra Leone Mudslide. In addition to financial challenges, there are also infrastructural challenges. ( Log Out /  Retrieved from, [19] Busari, S., & Clarke, H. (2017, August 19). Primary health care and family medicine in Sierra Leone. 6 Min Read. The flooding caused a series of mudslides in Regent, a town east of Freetown situated on the Sugar Loaf Mountain [2]. (2017, August 22). Following three days of torrential rainfall, mass wasting of mud and debris damaged or destroyed hundreds of buildings in the city, killing 1,141 people and leaving more than 3,000 homeless. Flooding in Freetown: a failure of planning? But as Sierra Leone buries the nearly 500 people known to have been killed by the mudslide, international help may well still be needed. Bah now has a company that also produces an eco-friendly alternative to charcoal, as charcoal is used in most households for cooking and heating [24]. Retrieved 21 April 2020, from https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/geos/sl.html, [9] Copley, A. Public health action, 7(Suppl 1), S47–S54. Subsequent wasting of mud and debris tore down countless homes and initially left 200 people dead, although casualties would continue to rise in the weeks after, as new bodies were uncovered [2]. which has proven to be a major concern in slum locations with limited access to appropriate sanitation facilities [17]. Sierra Leone is facing significant health challenges after this week's devastating mudslides claimed nearly 500 lives, a government official said, with the number of dead expected to rise. Sierra Leone ranks 150 out of 160 countries assessed on the Gender Equality Index After the Ebola outbreak, resumption of iron ore mining led to a rebound of Sierra Leone’s economy. Mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone have killed hundreds of people and have caused widespread damage in and near the capital city, Freetown. A mudslide devastates the Regent Community in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Africa :: Sierra Leone — The World Factbook – Central Intelligence Agency. Mudslides outside of Freetown were triggered by ongoing, intense rains, causing the deaths of at least 312 people. Life doesn’t go on after the mudslides in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone mudslides. [12] World Health Organization. Freetown's elevation varies from coastal areas which are at or just below sea level to approximately 400 meters (1,300 ft) above sea level. [10][28] On August 15, the president declared seven days of national mourning, which would begin immediately. [8], According to the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, Sierra Leone experienced a particularly wet rainy season, with the capital city of Freetown, in the Western Area of the country, experiencing 41 inches (104 cm) of rainfall from July 1, 2017, leading up to the mudslides – nearly tripling the area's seasonal average. Flooding in Freetown: a failure of planning? [1]:17, Local organizations, military personnel, and the Red Cross of Sierra Leone contributed to immediate excavation and recovery efforts, working amid rainfall. Mudslide victim Kalilu Daboh points to where his family home once was [Lilah Gaafar/Al Jazeera] Regent, Sierra Leone – A deafening sound from outside made Kalilu Daboh, an … [2] Freetown's topography alternates between thickly wooded and partially deforested mountains. Notable public health consequences of the mudslide include higher risks of cholera, malaria, typhoid, and certain waterborne diseases in Freetown and its surrounding regions. Preventing spread of disease in wake of mudslides is vital, says WHO. https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v11i1.2051, [11] Sylvester Squire, J., Hann, K., Denisiuk, O., Kamara, M., Tamang, D., & Zachariah, R. (2017). Sierra Leone: Landslide and floods situation update no. Retrieved 21 April 2020, from https://www.who.int/countries/sle/en/. Fact sheet about malaria. Sierra Leone – Rapid damage and loss assessment of August 14th, 2017 landslides and floods in the western area. Reliefweb. After the country’s civil war, which lasted from 1991-2002, many families moved to the capital city, Freetown, in search of work, and settled in the nearby hillside town of Regent, leading to overcrowding. gave many warnings about the potential of a disaster due to the mass construction of buildings on Sugar Loaf Mountain prior to the incident [6]. WHO | Sierra Leone’s long recovery from the scars of war. Along with structural changes, the Ministry of Health and Sanitation needs to properly address the issues of broken pipes, and ensure that citizens are receiving safe drinking water and the medical attention that they require. [21] Response teams were deployed to two voluntary relocation centers, the Old Skool compound in Hill Station and Juba barracks in Lumley, where workers distributed sanitation and medical supplies. learning from the sierra leone mudslides The government was lucky this time around. / Abdul Samba Brima, JSI / Abdul Samba Brima, JSI G rowing up during the war in rural Sierra Leone, I saw terrible things. The continued downpours and damaged passageways disrupted relief efforts, as did the topography of affected areas. Prior to the outbreak mothers accessing obstetric care was increasing although these rates have decreased after the Ebola Outbreak and the mudslide [14]. FREETOWN, Sierra Leone – A local leader and a minister in Sierra Leone say more than 1,000 people have died in the mudslide and flood that hit the country’s capital nearly two weeks ago. (2010). License. Retrieved 21 April 2020, from, [22] World Health Organization. Furthermore, while increased rates of waterborne diseases are endemic during the rainy season, risks proved to be even greater following the mudslide due to damaged water pipes and related sanitation infrastructure. This is one step to an eco-friendly approach to reduce environmental damage, which will help to prevent another disaster like this from occurring. Yet, we have failed to go to the drawing board to find ways to stop these ugly occurrences. Since 2016, Sierra Leone has continued to experience heavy torrential downpours during the rainy season, causing mudslides and floods – leaving many dead. Retrieved from, [13] United Nations Disaster Assessment and Coordination. LEARNING FROM THE SIERRA LEONE MUDSLIDES. Overwhelmed by the scale of Sierra Leone's mudslide, President Ernest Bai Koroma appealed for urgent help from the international community | NewsBytes Retrieved from https://www.africaresearchinstitute.org/newsite/blog/flooding-in-freetown-a-failure-of-planning/. More than 200 killed in Sierra Leone mudslide Government spokesperson Cornelius Deveaux said rescue operations began early Tuesday to remove people still believed to be buried in the rubble. [40], Three months removed from the disaster, the Sierra Leone government announced the closure of emergency camps, which housed many families awaiting financial assistance. Sierra Leone has the third highest maternal mortality rate and the tenth highest infant mortality rate in the world and the floods may have worsened these numbers [8]. The government was lucky this time around. Retrieved 21 April 2020, from https://www.who.int/bulletin/volumes/88/10/10-031010/en/. This is a human readable summary of (and not a substitute for) the license. [1]:19, Accessibility between communities was lost: eight pedestrian roads and bridges connecting Kamayama and Kaningo took moderate or severe damage, and two road bridges on the Regent river channel were impacted; in total, the damages to pathways amounted to US$1 million in costs. [5] Trenchard, T. (2018, August 8). At least 600 people are still missing following a mudslide and flooding that devastated parts of Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, a spokesman for the president has told the BBC. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. The mudslide occurred after three days of … Sierra Leone has for decades been designated as a natural disaster prone country, especially for floods and mudslides, which are deemed likely not only from the effects of climate change but more so from the massive deforestation of virgin forests around the Freetown peninsula. A World Bank report estimates that 1,141 individuals have been declared dead or missing from this event [1]. [10] He also addressed the coordination of registries in Freetown that provided aid for residents left without shelter. Retrieved 21 April 2020, from, Copley, A. [23] Unsanitary waters raised fears of cholera; however, workers provided storage tanks, purification tablets, and instructional courses on hygiene to help prevent an outbreak of waterborne diseases. Understanding the Economic Effects of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. This means that more mosquitos will grow that will carry the malaria-causing parasite [16]. [7] Due to the lack of manpower and threat of disease, bodies were buried in mass graves on August 15 at two sites in Waterloo. African journal of primary health care & family medicine. Figure 1 below shows the areas impacted by this disaster. Mudslides and floods in Sierra Leone have killed hundreds of people and have caused widespread damage in and near the capital city, Freetown. The sudden natural disaster occurred on Monday, 14 August 2017 when early in the morning (about 05:45 local time) Sugar Loaf mountain collapsed onto a community called Regent. [10] Robinson C. (2019). (2020, January 14). (2019, August 8). (2016) The Impact of the West Africa Ebola Outbreak on Obstetric Health Care in Sierra Leone. [1]:20, More than 3,000 people were left homeless by the disaster. Sierra Leone risks major health crisis after deadly mudslides. People Helped: 9,000. [6] During floods, Freetown's drainage systems are often blocked by discarded waste, especially in the city's poorer communities, contributing to higher levels of surface runoff. From Saidu Bah, https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/08/sierra-leone-mudslide-170816053741558.html?xif=. [21] World Health Organization. [12] World Health Organization. [24][25] The government of Sierra Leone also launched its first ever cholera vaccination campaign on September 15, targeting over 500,000 citizens in the Western Area. Retrieved from https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/08/sierra-leone-mudslide-170816053741558.html. On the morning of August 14, 2017, significant mudflow events occurred in and around the capital city of Freetown in Sierra Leone. Many are still missing, and search and rescue missions are underway in the most affected communities. (2010). What We Know So Far About Sierra Leone's Deadly Mudslide. Africa :: Sierra Leone — The World Factbook – Central Intelligence Agency. [7] Within a decade leading up to the disaster, Sierra Leone cleared approximately 800,000 hectares of forest cover – the country's civil war, fought between 1991 and 2002, was also a cause of deforestation. [6] Africa Research Institute. Figure 2-Transmission of Waterborne Diseases. Moreover, the government has also taken some steps to ensure free healthcare to those that desperately need it. Infrastructure in Sierra Leone: Fixing the road to nowhere. The stakes for conflict are high as citizens seek answers to questions of better urban housing facilities and functional land policies. (2017, November 9). Hundreds of people are feared dead following massive mudslides near Freetown, the capital of the West African nation of Sierra Leone. (2020). (2014). This deforestation led to the deficit of protective natural drainage systems, and further made the soil unstable, and more prone to collapse, especially when used as a structural foundation [4]. Local leaders say the death … [19][33][34] Other governments such as China donated $1 million through their embassy in Freetown, and Israel sent an envoy supplying food and medical supplies. 7, 31 August 2017", "After deadly mudslide, Sierra Leone vaccinates against cholera", "In Sierra Leone mudslides rip a community apart", "Emergency cholera vaccination campaign kicks off in Sierra Leone", "Sierra Leone: Flood and landslide Situation Report No. A mountainous settlement 15 miles (24 km) east of Freetown, Regent was covered by mud and debris when nearby hillsides collapsed around 6:00 GMT. The Sierra Leone mudslide dominated the news over the past two weeks. The World Bank has estimated the total economic loss of this mudslide to be approximately 31.65 million USD. On August 15, 2017, a mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone devastates the surrounding area. UNICEF/Sierra Leone/James A child from the Regent community heavily affected by the deadly mudslide on Monday washes his hands at a temporary displacement centre. This mudslide led to an environmental awakening for the teenager leading him to invest his $20 into making recyclable bags from banana leaves and selling them to local businesses [24]. August 2017. Since 2016, Sierra Leone has continued to experience heavy torrential downpours during the rainy season, causing mudslides and floods – leaving many dead. https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2018/04/08/599526907/life-doesnt-go-on-after-the-mudslides-in-sierra-leone. Many are still missing, and search and rescue missions are underway in the most affected communities. and various UN agencies were involved. The number of victims is huge, and it seems that the country cannot handle it all by itself. Begin typing your search above and press return to search. The Sierra Leone mudslide seems to be only the latest of a series of catastrophes that have hit the country in the last decade. [36] The World Food Programme (WFP) provided rations for 7,500 people. Furthermore, human interference with the land impacted the occurrence of the mudslide. It particularly focused on those who lost their lives, as well as development contributions from international state donors [2,4,19,20]. [41], International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, "Sierra Leone Flooding and Mudslide Relief August 19 to August 29", "Hundreds killed after Sierra Leone mudslide", "Freetown: A disaster waiting to happen? [5] Because a moratorium on housing construction was not enforced, unorganized settlements and municipal works encroached on flood plains, resulting in narrower water passageways. Press Esc to cancel. More About Sierra Leone Mudslide City Planning A fifth of the population now lives in slum conditions with no sewerage or basic services, according to the United … Charity Street Child releases report 6 months on from Sierra Leone Mudslides. CNN. Many victims still require aid as they are coping with trauma, injuries, or are internally displaced [12]. As of August 19, 2017, the death toll is placed at 467, with approximately 600 still missing. [16] World Health Organization. Africa at LSE. (2001). (2017, August 31). One survivor, Senessie, was told he could not be verified as a resident of the area, while others received a small portion, but not the entire sum that they had been promised [5]. [22] World Health Organization. Citizens have taken action to bring positive change to the country. A total of 5,951 people were affected by the mudslide and flood, of which 969 were children under the age of five [13]. During the war, health and economic infrastructure deteriorated as many government-created clinics were demolished [3]. Water-related Diseases. National Public Radio. Several international organizations, governments, media outlets, and United Nations agencies had actively warned of the risks of unregulated construction on hillsides, but not much action was taken [5]. Furthermore, while increased rates of waterborne diseases are endemic during the rainy season, risks proved to be even greater following the mudslide due to damaged water pipes and related sanitation infrastructure. Sierra Leone’s dilemma. A hillside collapsed on Monday at 6am local time (06:00 GMT), causing a mudslide o n the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital of Freetown. My country, Sierra Leone, lies in the southwestern part of West Africa. 8, 31 August 2017. Over the last 15 years, residents of Freetown, Sierra Leone have witnessed first-hand the escalating trail of destruction left in the wake of floods, sea rises, mudslides, landslides and more. Contaminated water may contain bacteria that may lead to typhoid, cholera, diarrhea, and other illnesses as shown in Figure 2. [4] Sierra Leone mudslide: What, where and why? Those factors were assisted by the generally poor state of the region's infrastructure and loss of protective natural drainage systems from periods of deforestation. Al Jazeera. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0150080, [15] World Health Organization. ( Log Out /  UNICEF and partners are working with the local authorities to reunite children that may have become separated from their families, and make sure that children can get the support they need to deal with the traumatic events … Read More: A Mudslide in Sierra Leone Just Wiped Away Hundreds of Homes and People “If we have a case of cholera that is spread into those communities, because of the endemic situation of the sanitation, it will spread like wildfire,” Harold Thomas, an officer at the health ministry, told the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Tragically, on August 14th, 2017, the Sugar Loaf Mountain in Freetown, Sierra Leone suffered a massive mudslide. Already in the country, numerous international organisations acted immediately, providing basic supplies and services – from food and shelter to personal counselling and mobile phones. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. Deadly Mudslides Kill at least 300 in Sierra Leone Aug. 15, 2017 00:50 The Connaught Hospital mortuary in central Freetown was overwhelmed … [14] Brolin Ribacke KJ, van Duinen AJ, Nordenstedt H, Höijer J, Molnes R, Froseth TW, et al. Outbreaks … Several international organizations, governments, media outlets, and United Nations agencies had actively warned of the risks of unregulated construction on hillsides, but not much action was taken [5]. Humanitarian Needs: Two days of heavy rains in mid-August 2017 led to extensive flooding and a massive mudslide when a hillside collapsed into a densely populated neighbourhood of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. via Reuters TV Reuters / Tuesday, August 15, 2017 These infrastructural challenges made it difficult to provide resources to people affected, as it was difficult to access these people in the aftermath of the mudslide. Retrieved from https://www.sdgsforall.net/index.php/goal-3/415-freetown-flooding-raises-concern-about-maternal-healthcare, [3] World Health Organization. Sierra Leone's meteorological department did not warn residents to leave areas prone to flooding in time; from August 11 to 14, Freetown faced three consecutive days of rain, w… The influx of people required the uprooting of a large number of trees for more housing to be built in urbanized areas, and to ensure greater access to basic necessities, such as education and healthcare [4]. Figure 3- Population Density of Sierra Leone. ( Log Out /  Sierra Leone – Rapid damage and loss assessment of August 14th, 2017 landslides and floods in the western area. Among others, Action Against Hunger, CARE International, GOAL, Handicap International, Muslim Aid, Plan International, Red Cross, Save the Children, Streetchild, Trocaire, UK Aid, World Vision [31][19][32] West African country donations included $500,000 from Togo, medical supplies distributed by Liberia, and pledges for support by Guinea and Nigeria. 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". Reliefweb. Furthermore, human interference with the land impacted the occurrence of the mudslide. Little emphasis, however, was placed on the experiences of survivors following the disaster, and what could have been done to support them as they recovered from this disaster. Sierra Leone mudslide: 200 suspected dead in flooding as unfolding natural disaster causes devastation. https://www.climatelinks.org/resources/climate-change-risk-profile-sierra-leone. Freetown, Sierra Leone (CNN) Sierra Leone is facing significant health challenges after this week's devastating mudslides claimed nearly 500 lives, a … Charcoal is also a main contributor to deforestation and land degradation. How a deadly mudslide inspired a teenager to protect his environment. As Rain Keeps Falling, Sierra Leone Scrambles To Find Mudslide Survivors Like Senessie, most of the survivors I spoke to attributed the event to an act of God. WHO | Sierra Leone’s long recovery from the scars of war. Sierra Leone Mudslide Relief: What's Happening and How to Help . As of 2010, free healthcare was introduced for children under 5 and for lactating mothers [10]. Several of GlobalGiving's local nonprofit partners are responding to survivors' immediate needs and have asked us to help fund their relief and recovery efforts on the ground. Retrieved from http://apanews.net/en/news/sierra-leone-risks-severe-health-crisis-after-deadly-mudslides. [16] The final official death toll declared 1,141 dead or missing. Sierra Leone needs "urgent support" for thousands of people hit by mudslides and massive flooding in the capital, the country's president says. The government decided to move the affected population to a different location and cater for the housing. 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The damage to EDSA's infrastructure totaled $174,000. Flash floods and a mudslide left an estimated 500 people dead. (2020). This impacted the country’s GDP, as agriculture constitutes 60.7% of the country’s GDP [8]. [10] Flooding is an annual threat for the area: in 2015 floods killed 10 people and left thousands homeless. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! International media played a role in the coverage of the mudslide. On Monday 14th August an estimated 1,000 people died when an entire mountainside collapsed in the capital of Sierra Leone. ( Log Out /  WHO Regional Office for Africa. READ MORE: Sierra Leone mudslides … While Sierra Leone is still reeling from the effects of the August 2017 mudslide, stories like Bah’s bring hope for a better Sierra Leone. Fatalities and injuries were extremely high as there is lots of overcrowding due to the dense clusters of homes on the hillside. Officials report that nearly 500 people have died in the mudslides. Late Tuesday, Deveaux said that 297 bodies have been recovered so far, including 109 males, 83 females and 105 children. CNN. Freetown Flooding Raises Concerns About Maternal Healthcare. Sierra Leone suffered a severe cholera outbreak in 2012, when the disease infected at least 25,000 people and killed hundreds. (2020, January 14). Fact sheet about malaria. Understanding the Economic Effects of the 2014 Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. Freetown Flooding Raises Concerns About Maternal Healthcare. The Ebola outbreak and staffing in public health facilities in rural Sierra Leone: who is left to do the job?. [26] After the disaster, affected areas faced water shortages; as a result, UNICEF distributed 26,000 liters of drinking water each day. Sierra Leone mudslide Image copyright Olivia Acland More than 3,000 people lost their homes in last week's mudslide in Sierra Leone, which killed at … Heavy rainfall causes a hill near Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, to shift. 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