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Event: FF Flash Flood
Number: 2022-000309
Country: SLE Sierra Leone
Location: Freetown
Date (YMD): 2022-9-11
Comments: Freetown, the capital city of Sierra Leone has been experiencing persistent torrential rains since mid-August 2022. The highest recorded incident was on Sunday 28 August 2022, with rains causing associated impacts, including flooding in low-lying areas as well as new episodes of landslides on a low scale. Major roads in the city centre were rendered impassable due to the flood waters, heavily constraining vehicles and pedestrians having to find alternative routes. The city continues to experience more heavy rains which may cause flooding in additional communities and increase the number of affected people. An update from the Office of National Security (ONS) on August 28 reported flash floods and landslides already affected seven communities including Kanikay, Culvert, Kaningo, Tengbeh Town, Looking town, Cassava town, and Brooks field. In these areas, houses have been flooded leaving residents trapped in the raging waters and their properties destroyed. On the impact of the disaster, the assessment report reveals a total of 12,903 people (1,817 households) were affected, with 8 deaths, 79 injured, and 4 missing as a result of flash floods and landslides. Over 21% of the houses flooded by water and 16.4% by landslides are inhabitable, and families need rental assistance as immediate support. Also, over 18% of the houses were completely destroyed. A total of 17.7% of the population across the 18 communities lost their assets to flood waters and mud, and over 14% of the affected population have their livelihoods destroyed. Below summarises the impact of flooding and landslides in affected communities.
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