Emergency Alert: Save the Children has warned of a child health crisis in Sierra Leone due to contaminated water supplies and lack of safe shelter following this week's deadly floods and mudslide. Learn More.
Facts About Sierra Leone Mudslides
Devastating mudslides and torrential flooding have killed more than 300 people — 122 of them children — around Sierra Leone's capital Freetown. In addition, 810 people are missing, and two suspected cases of cholera have been reported.
The mudslides engulfed hundreds of houses, trapping families as they slept. 3,000 people have been forced from their homes — around half of them thought to be children.
The government of Sierra Leone is currently leading the search and rescue effort, desperately searching for survivors.
Save the Children is providing counselling and support services to children and families affected by the crisis, and plans to distribute thousands of sanitary and hygiene products including soap powder, water treatment kits and hand-washing equipment.
About Sierra Leone
Having worked in West Africa since 1987, Save the Children's relief workers have extensive experience in humanitarian response to the region's frequent disasters and emergencies. In 2012, we mounted large-scale emergency response and helped control the cholera outbreak in Sierra Leone. We also battled Ebola in Sierra Leone, with help from people like you. Now, we are helping the fragile country rebuild programs and services that help children survive and thrive.