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Flood in Sierra Leone

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Type of Event:
Flood
Location of Event:
Sierra Leone
Date of Charter Activation:
15 August 2017
Time of Charter Activation:
11:28:00
Time zone of Charter Activation:
UTC+02:00
Charter Requestor:
UNOOSA on behalf of FAO Sierra Leone Office and UN Country Team
Activation ID:
546
Project Management:
UNITAR/UNOSAT

Description of the event

Heavy rain has caused floods and mudslides in Sierra Leone, leaving almost 500 dead.

The disaster has particularly affected Freetown, the country's capital. Part of the Sugar Loaf Mountain collapsed on the edge of the city in the Regent area, flooding and burying dozens of homes under mud.

Flooding began during the night on 14 August, leaving people with little to no warning as flood waters and mud swept into the streets of Freetown. More than 3000 people were left homeless and 10,000 have been forced to evacuate. Authorities have urged thousands more to evacuate from areas at risk of further landslides.

Rescue operations are ongoing but Freetown is already struggling to cope with the scope of the damage and loss of life which is expected to rise over the coming days.

Preliminary landslide inventory of Freetown, Sierra Leone

Source: GeoEye-1 / WorldView-3
Acquired: WorldView-3: 03/03/2017
GeoEye-1: 15/08/2017

Copyright: GeoEye-1 and WorldView-3 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by BGS and UNITAR/UNOSAT

Zones potentially affected by the mudflow in southeastern Freetown

Source: WorldView-3 / GeoEye-1
Acquired: WorldView-3: 03/03/2017
GeoEye-1: 15/08/2017

Copyright: WorldView-3 and GeoEye-1 © DigitalGlobe Inc.
Map produced by UNITAR/UNOSAT