Heavy rains have been experienced in Sierra Leone, including Freetown, during the wet season. Photo: Francis Reffell, Sierra Leone YMCA.

In the early hours of 14 August, a hillside in Regent area – around 15 miles from Freetown – collapsed, leaving many houses covered in mud. The number of casualties is not yet known but reports suggest that over 100 people have been killed.

The mudslides are likely to leave several people in Regent community homeless. Sierra Leone, including Freetown, experienced heavy rains during the wet season. Flooding is affecting the capital, including the slum communities in which we work.

International Citizen Service volunteers currently on placement in Makeni and Kenema are all safe and were not in the vicinity of the mudslides. We are keeping in close touch with our partners in Sierra Leone to provide relevant updates on our staff and volunteers.

Y Care International’s Disaster Resilience and Response Advisor Meghna Manaktala said:

 

“We are saddened to hear about distressing reports about the devastating mudslide in Sierra Leone today. Our thoughts are with the communities affected.

 

“We are in contact with our partners in Sierra Leone and monitoring the situation. For many years we’ve dedicated our work in Sierra Leone to increase the resilience of young people and their communities in times of disaster, and we’re ready to help as needs become clearer.”

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