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CARE Sierra Leone Country Director Evariste Sindayigaya provides the latest update:
“People are completely traumatised and fearful, because they don’t know what tomorrow will bring. I witnessed families wailing in a fit of tears as bodies of their loved ones were recovered from under the destructive path of the mudslide.
Women and children told me they have not eaten in days because they lost everything in the floods and mudslide.
“The rain is not stopping, so there is a dangerous threat of more landslides in Regent and surrounding areas. The government is urging people to evacuate, but many with missing loved ones are hesitant to leave. There is also a high risk of a cholera outbreak as the floods and mudslides have contaminated water sources leaving many communities without clean drinking water.
CARE is moving fast to distribute food, essential household items, clean drinking water and hygiene kits to prevent the spread of cholera and other waterborne diseases.
“We plan to reach 1,500 people in Regent and Kamayama in the next 24 hours.”
Sonam Ojha, CARE Nepal field officer who was part of CARE’s team assessing the damage caused by floods in the Kailali district of Nepal, sent this report:
Most of the families are forced to stay away from home. People are hungry, they have nothing to eat and keenly wait for food supplies. Food is what they need most at the moment.
Lora Wuennenberg, CARE Nepal country director, said:
The affected families are in immediate need of food, safe drinking water, temporary shelter, hygiene support. CARE has teams responding to this urgent need in the districts of Kailali and Bardiya and will be expanding support to two additional districts.
More than 500 people are thought to have died in a massive mudslide that engulfed homes in a hillside neighbourhood of Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. A further 3,000 people are estimated to have lost their homes while thousands more are affected by severe flooding caused by heavy rains. These photos were taken by CARE staff in Sierra Leone:
CARE Sierra Leone has deployed its emergency standby team to carry out a rapid situation analysis and needs assessment, and will be coordinating with the government and other humanitarian agencies on a response. Immediate needs for those affected will include shelter, safe water, food and non-food items such as clothing and bedding.
CARE Sierra Leone Country Director Evariste Sindayigaya said:
“As we stand, it is estimated that over 500 people, including many children, lost their lives. Many are still buried under the mud. Thousands of survivors are in need of food, water, shelter and relief supplies. This is a tragedy beyond words.”
CARE teams are ready to support and we plan to provide relief in the areas of health, water and sanitation. Yet we urgently need funds to reach people in dire need.
“Children and women, especially pregnant and lactating mothers, are the most vulnerable. They need water, sanitation, and relief supplies, such as clothes, blankets, hygiene kits.”
Severe flooding in north-eastern India and in Nepal has left many homeless and killed hundreds. CARE has prepositioned emergency supplies in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh and is monitoring the situation with our partners. In Nepal, the government has activated the 'cluster' emergency response mechanism (which coordinates the response of government and humanitarian agencies around areas of response such as shelter, food, water, etc). CARE Nepal is a member of the Protection cluster, is participating in the District Relief and Response Committees in areas where we have operations, and has suppliers on standby to provide relief items as required (temporary shelter kits, hygiene kits, dignity kits).
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