EOS Alerts 16-8-2017
Sierra Leone: At Least 400 Killed in Floods
400 dead and 600 missing in devastating floods in Freetown
At least 400 people have been killed, with a further 600 still missing, after three days of torrential rain resulted in devastating floods and mudslides in the Regent area of the Sierra Leonean capital, Freetown. Rescue workers are still recovering bodies. Drainage systems were overwhelmed creating dangerous waterways. A spokesman for the United Nations (UN) said “Contingency plans are being put in place to mitigate any potential outbreak of waterborne diseases such as cholera, typhoid and diarrhoea.”
Those operating or residing in Freetown are advised to be aware of the serious floods. Residents or travellers are therefore warned to prepare for possible further flooding in the near term. Rearrange any travel routes to avoid the worst affected areas and the city. Monitor local media for more information regarding the flooding. Follow all directives issued by the authorities and maintain a flexible itinerary until the floods pass.