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Sierra Leone: Floods - Aug 2019

Status
Ongoing
Countries
Sierra Leone
Disaster types
Flood

Torrential rains starting from 2 August have led to flooding in Freetown. Despite the normal peak of the rainy season in August, the soil was previously saturated by rains in July. At least 6 people are reported dead and some 5,000 people are believed to have lost their shelter. Informal settlements, including impoverished slum communities, scattered around the city and mostly built in flood or landslide prone areas, are likely the most affected and at risk of further flooding, considering the forecast rains in the coming days. (ACAPS, 7 Aug 2019).