Sierra Leone mudslide: 600 still missing in Freetown, thousands become homeless
Freetown: Concern changed on Wednesday to 600 people still missing and thousands of homeless in Sierra Leone by the deadly floods in the capital, while aid groups met to coordinate a response.
The United Nations said on Tuesday it was assessing humanitarian needs in Sierra Leone, while the first Israeli aid programs were sent and the support promised Britain.
With morgues overwhelmed with organisms, burials began Tuesday for some of the too mutilated to identify the bodies.
President Ernest Bai Koroma retaliated tears on Tuesday during a visit to the devastated Regent Hill community, saying the magnitude of the challenge ahead was “overwhelming.”
“Entire communities have been destroyed,” Koroma said. “We need urgent support now. ”
The government of Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, has pledged relief to more than 3,000 homeless people, the opening of an emergency response center in the Regent centers and enrollment To say those who stayed in the streets.
UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric said in New York that the UN team was “helping national authorities in rescue operations, helping residents evacuate, Medical assistance to the wounded, registration of survivors and food rations, water and dignity kits to the affected persons “.
The Red Cross says 600 people are still missing, while more than 300 are already confirmed.
Adele Fox, national coordinator of health for Sierra Leone’s charitable purposes around the world, told AFP that the search for bodies is continuing, but survivors are facing difficult conditions.
“There is a basic need for food, water, sanitation and medical care because there is still rain, more flooding is also a possibility,” he said.
The feeling among those in the disaster areas had shifted from shock and grief to anger which is a problem every year in Freetown but never on that scale.
“There is some frustration about the regularity of the floods and the destruction during the rainy season and its effects,” he said.
Society 4 Climate Change Communication (S4CCC), a local environmental group, described the tragedy of “clock.”
Deforestation, lack of urban planning and vulnerability to climate change have played a role, he said.
The UN said that contingency plans have been put in place in case of possible waterborne epidemic such as cholera, typhoid and communicable diseases diarrhea, because dirty water stagnate.
Zaino Parker Sulaiman, an official from the city of Freetown, said 150 burials were held Tuesday night and that many would lie in the graves of the victims of the latest humanitarian disaster in the country, the Ebola crisis, in nearby Waterloo.
“We began to bury some of the mutilated and decaying bodies, all bodies will have a decent burial with Muslim and Christian prayers,” said Parker.
The graves would be especially marked for future identification, he added.