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Sierra Leone: Deaths recorded as heavy rain causes damage

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Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi
Isaac Kaledzi is an experienced and award winning journalist from Ghana. He has worked for several media brands both in Ghana and on the International scene. Isaac Kaledzi is currently serving as an African Correspondent for DW.

Parts of Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown have been damaged by floods caused by heavy rain.

Some areas have been completely over run by water with many property washed away by flood waters.

At least five people are reported to have been killed by the floods.

Many residents have reported of being trapped in their cars. Even the country’s main port has not been spared.

Freight containers at the port have also been washed away by flood waters.

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But those worst hit are residents in informal settlements in parts of the capital.

Some government agencies have been forced to shut down due to the rain and accompanied flood waters.

There are already efforts ongoing to assist those worst hit by the rain and flooding.

There are fears the heavy rain and flood waters could trigger another major deadly landslide.

In 2017 a similar heavy rain accompanied by flooding led to a landslide that killed at least 300 people and destroyed hundreds of houses and buildings.

Devastation all around

On social media, some residents have been sharing pictures and video showing the extent of damage.

Some groups have already signaled their intentions to help those affected by the flood waters.

The Catholic Relief group said “Heavy rains are causing flooding in Freetown, the capital of #SierraLeone. We’re watching the situation closely, ready to assist if needed.”




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