Situation

On August 14th, heavy rains caused mudslides and flooding in Sierra Leone. According to Freetown Mayor, rescue workers have recovered 270 bodies so far mainly from the Regent neighbourhood where the mudslides happened. As rescue operations are still ongoing, the death toll is expected to rise. An estimated 3,000 or more people are believed to have lost their homes and are in immediate need of emergency assistance and shelter according to Sierra Leone’s Office of National Security (ONS).

PDA Response

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been in communication with Christian Aid and Council of Churches in Sierra Leone regarding emergency relief and humanitarian response. The assistance planned is directed at meeting needs related to food, nutrition, health, clothing and shelter. 

PDA, the Presbyterian Hunger Program (PHP), and the Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) are partners in the West Africa Initiative, a project aimed at supporting and strengthening rural communities’ capacity to become self-reliant and independent organizations.  The communities are engaged in all aspects of food production, as well as the economic and social well-being of its members.  The initiative covers several remote communities in both Sierra Leone and Liberia.

A PC(USA) delegation visited the two west African countries last February to review progress and meet with residents in the remote villages. 

 

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