Freetown, Sierra Leone, was victim to deadly mudslides and flooding on Monday, August 14. According to The Guardian, 100 houses were hit, 270 bodies have been found and thousands are still missing. Freetown is still in danger, as the flooding continues to spread.
Umaru Fofanah, BBC correspondent in Sierra Leone, reported on the tragedy.
“I just got back home,” said Fofanah. “Spent all day at the epicenter of the deadly mudslide in the mountain town of Regent. Informing the world about the tragedy. I found my children asleep. In a warm home. How lucky! We aren’t better than those hundreds – among them children – whose corpses are lying at the central morgue. We’re just lucky. It could have happened to any of us.”
World Hope International is coordinating an emergency response effort with the Sierra Leone Office of National Security (ONS) and is on the ground distributing emergency response supplies. We are also working with the ONS to provide psychosocial counseling to victims as well as food, tents, blankets, clothing, mattresses, medicines and water filters.
The Wesleyan Church wants to help World Hope International invite those who can to help support the efforts of those impacted by the tragedy. Click on this link to learn more. World Hope will provide updates on its Facebook page as they are available.
May God provide relief and safety to Freetown.