More than 300 people have died in the floods and landslides in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone, with hundreds more missing. According to reports, 3,000 people are homeless. With a presence in Sierra Leone for the past 21 years, Handicap International is on the ground, providing critical support.
At least 312 people were killed and as many as 600 people reported missing, including many children, after 13 communities in and around Freetown were devastated by floods and mudslides on Monday Aug. 11.
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world. Handicap International teams are providing assistance to local authorities overwhelmed by this unprecedented disaster. Our emergency response unit deployed a team of ten people to help identify and record casualties. A separate psychological team–consisting of five HI staff members–is providing support to survivors and families of casualties.
In these kinds of situations, people with disabilities, older people, and children are even more vulnerable than before. Our team knows this well, and is ready to expand its support to those individuals in the coming weeks by providing them with rehabilitation care and setting up psychosocial support programs.
Handicap International in Sierra Leone
Since 1996, Handicap International's Sierra Leone team has promoted the mainstream schooling of children with disabilities. In 2016, we played an active role in combating the Ebola epidemic, which killed some 4,000 people and infected nearly 15,000 others, by organizing transport for patients to health centers. More about our work in Sierra Leone.