Finn Church Aid to assist victims of Sierra Leone mudslides with food, clothing and shelter

Sierra Leone, Regent area.
The data collection on surviving residents in the mudslide communities continues in Freetown, Sierra Leone. Photo: LEHTIKUVA / REUTERS / Ernest Henry.

Finn Church Aid (FCA) has granted 30,000 euros to emergency assistance in Sierra Leone after mudslides and floods killed over 400 people in the capital Freetown and left more than 3 000 homeless.

Severe mudslides and floods hit Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown and it’s neighboring areas on Monday August 14th, killing at least 400 people. Razed buildings covered in mud and rubble left over 3 000 homeless.

“FCA will assist with building temporary shelter and providing food and clothing”, says FCA’s Country Director Michael Doe from Freetown.

The people who lost their homes need food, clothing, emergency shelter, blankets and basic kitchen utensils as well as health services. The death toll is expected to rise, as hundreds of people are still missing.

“The rain has stopped for now, and the data collection on surviving residents in the mudslide community continues. Surviving residents around the mudslide community have been asked to vacate the area, but it remains unclear where. A burial of over 300 bodies takes place in rural Freetown on Thursday”, reports Doe.

FCA’s Country Office cooperates with other ACT Alliance members.

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