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Over 300 people have been killed by mudslides near Freetown, Sierra Leone. Caused by heavy rain, the mudslides have had a devastating effect on some of the poorest areas of the city. Thousands of homes have been swept away and there is limited shelter available for those left homeless. With estimates of more than 3,000 people still missing, the death toll is expected to rise.
ActionAid’s Response Manager in Sierra Leone, Zynab Kamara said: “In nearly a decade of working on humanitarian response I’ve never witnessed anything so tragic. I saw children clambering over the rubble and mud, desperately calling for their parents. So many people were trapped, trying to reach their loved ones”.
ActionAid local staff are on the ground in Sierra Leone. We are distributing food, water, clothing and hygiene kits to those affected. We are particularly concerned about the welfare and safety of girls and women, who are the most vulnerable during humanitarian emergencies like this one. Help us be there for as many people as possible, now and in the future.
We are in urgent need of funding to help us respond to this crisis. Please donate now.