Torrential rain causes floods, kills four in Sierra Leone

Sierra Leone's head of disaster management says at least four people killed due to monsoon rains in capital Freetown

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

Updated Sep 18, 2015

Monsoon rains that lasted for six days in Sierra Leone's capital city Freetown have killed at least four people.

President Ernest Bai Koroma held an emergency meeting with his defence and security chiefs, then deployed security forces to help residents left homeless due to flooding. Meanwhile, flood warnings have been issued in the province and authorities warned residents to stay indoors on Thursday.

"The flooding has devastated many settlements," said a statement from the State House.

"I have lost everything I worked for all my life," said Kadiatu, a resident of Freetown.

Furthermore, there was another flood disaster in Southern Utah that killed at least 18 people in Zion National Park and Hildale on Wednesday.

Following the disaster in Sierra Leone, the Climate Change Secretariat presented statements about the reasons for flood and their risks.

“The location of the city overlooking the hills put it at risk and whatever irresponsible actions taken on the hills will affect the city greatly," said  Mr Mohamed Bah, the Deputy Director at the Environment Protection Agency.

Mr Bah said that “until we stop dumping waste into drainages, until we stop clearing the trees, we will always face severe consequences of climate change."

Sierra Leone last Tuesday also had an Ebola outbreak that resulted in 700 people being quarantined after a 16-year-old girl was killed by the virus.

TRTWorld and agencies