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[Ambassador report] Free Report: FLOODS IN FREETOWN-SIERRA LEONE

by Joseph Garrick | 14-08-2019 14:22 Comments 4 Comments recommendations 0 recommendations

Torrential rains starting from 2nd August lead to flooding in the capital Freetown. At least 7 people were reported dead and over 6000 were believed to have been displaced. Informal settlements including impoverished slum communities, scattered around the city and buildings in flood and landslides prone-areas were the most affected.

Freetown has for decades been designated as a natural disaster-prone city, especially for floods and mudslides, which are deemed likely not only because of the effects of climate change, but mainly because of the massive deforestation of the mountain forests for settlement and other activities.

In recent years, Freetown has experienced about 5 major floods, including the August 2nd floods. According to a local newspaper regarding the damage caused by the recent floods, 441 homes were completely destroyed with 4364 partially damaged.

On this day (August 14) two years ago, a catastrophic mudslide and floods were experienced at Sugar Loaf Mountain (one of the mountains whose forests are destroyed by man’s activities) and other slums within the city. According to report, a total of 6000 people was affected; 1141 persons dead or missing and about 3000 displaced.

 Previous experiences have taught us enough that our repeated failures in addressing and or mitigating the consequences of these natural disasters and catastrophes will keep on reoccurring if no action is taken. To a greater extent, failure by ourselves in protecting our environment and ecosystems will increase the frequency and severity of these floods and mudslides.

Its high time the government, policy makers and individuals stop the more lip services and acts to protect future happenings similar disasters.


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Louis Mentor

  • Louis Mentor says :
    Hi Joseph,

    It is extremely tragic to read your report about floods in Sierra Leone and I am so sorry to hear back there are many people missing from this catastrophe. I hope the villages and cities can be restored soon.

    Louis Mentor
    Posted 19-08-2019 01:34

Wonhee Mentor

  • Wonhee Mentor says :
    Hello Joseph

    Thank you for sharing your report on floods in Sierra Leone and letting us know about this catastrophe. It's disheartening to hear that so many people were misplaced and hurt by the flood. I truly which that disasters of this severity never happens again.

    Wonhee Mentor
    Posted 18-08-2019 00:49

Rosa Domingos

  • Rosa Domingos says :
    Hey Joseph,

    I hope you are well today my fellow ambassador!

    It is devastating to know that so many people had lost their lives. It should never be the case where people should lose their lives. It's sad that even after Freetown was dubbed a disaster - prone zone government has not put structures in place to relocate the citizens. I hope that the rescue operation continues to do their best in saving as much people as possible.

    Thank you so much for the effort that you have put in writing this report I enjoyed reading this so much and I hope to read more of your work in the coming future!

    Stay blessed!
    With gratitude,
    Ms Domingos
    Posted 15-08-2019 23:35

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Joseph

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about FLOODS IN FREETOWN-SIERRA LEONE. It feels sad to hear about so many people being affected due to it.

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 15-08-2019 21:43

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