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Massive mudslide in Sierra Leone impacts 9,000 people, Catholic Relief Services, Red Cross, aiding survivors

By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
8/17/2017 (6 months ago)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

A massive mudslide in Sierra Leone's capital city has left hundreds dead and thousands homeless, with relief agencies hurrying to respond.

Flooding has caused a massive in Sierra Leone which has killed hundreds of people.

Flooding has caused a massive in Sierra Leone which has killed hundreds of people.

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By Marshall Connolly (CALIFORNIA NETWORK)
Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)
8/17/2017 (6 months ago)

Published in Africa

Keywords: Catholic Relief Services, CRS, Freetown


Freetown, Sierra Leone (CNA/EWTN News) - "There are people whose entire families have gone missing. There is a real sense of despair. Right now, people are in a complete state of shock," said Idalia Amaya, deputy head of programs and emergency response coordinator for Catholic Relief Services.

"The devastation is like nothing we've seen before. Entire neighborhoods have been washed away," she added.


More than 600 people are missing and at least 300 are dead after a massive mudslide early Monday morning in Freetown. Some bodies were swept into the sea. The death toll has overwhelmed some mortuaries.

Thousands more people have lost their homes, as well as family members.

Rescue workers have been searching for survivors in the mud and debris. Hundreds are still missing.

Rescue workers have been searching for survivors in the mud and debris. Hundreds are still missing.


"I ran away from the house, leaving behind my family," a grieving survivor, Fatmata Kamara told The Associated Press. "I am the only one that has survived, as my house and dozens of others were covered with mud and boulders."

Heavy rains appeared to have triggered the disaster on the hillside.

Rescuers dug in the thick mud with their bare hands to try to find survivors.

An estimated 9,000 people were affected.

Abdul Nasir, program coordinator for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, described the disaster: "A river of mud came out of nowhere and swallowed entire communities, just wiped them away."

Rescue workers have been searching for survivors in the mud and debris. Hundreds are still missing.

Rescue workers have been searching for survivors in the mud and debris. Hundreds are still missing.


"We are racing against time, more flooding and the risk of disease to help these affected communities survive and cope with their loss," he warned.

To provide immediate aid, Catholic Relief Services will give food, water, and mattresses to survivors. The agency will support the government and religious leaders by providing dignified burials for the deceased, including burial teams and grave diggers.

The teams' members took part in Catholic Relief Services' Ebola response in 2014.

Amaya, the CRS emergency response coordinator, reflected on the situation in the country.

"People here have already experienced so much trauma having lived through war and then Ebola, and now this," she said. "But at the same time, people from Sierra Leone are incredibly resilient and I know that with the proper support they will overcome this latest tragedy."

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