Mudslide in Sierra Leone: ‘A tragedy beyond words’
Aug 15, 2017
Below is a quote from CARE Sierra Leone Country Director Evariste Sindayigaya responding to the tragic mudslide in the Sierra Leone capital of Freetown.
On August 14, the city woke to a heavy downfall of rains, causing flooding in various areas of the capital city. In particular, a hillside of a popular neighbourhood of the city collapsed causing a massive mudslide.
It is reported hundreds of people have been buried under massive muds, including 60 children. Furthermore, the downpour destroyed hundreds of homes and roads. Latest information reports thousands of people are left homeless.
CARE Sierra Leone Country Director Evariste Sindayigaya:
“As we stand, it is estimated that over 500 people, including many children lost their lives. Many are still buried under the mud. Thousands of survivors are in need of food, water, shelter and relief supplies. This is a tragedy beyond words.”
“CARE teams are ready to support and we plan to provide relief in the areas of health, water and sanitation. Yet we urgently need funds to reach people in dire need.”
“Children and women, especially pregnant and lactating mothers are the most vulnerable. They need water, sanitation, and relief supplies, such as clothes, blankets, hygiene kits.”
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