The Government and the UN system through the Resident
Coordinator have requested international support. A
deployment of a UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination
(UNDAC) team should take place within 48 hours to support
the ongoing assessments, coordination and reporting efforts.
• Relief effort are stepping up and more aid is coming.
The NGO Consortium Disaster Emergency Committee (DEC) has
indicated that, among its member organisations, ActionAid,
IFRC, Oxfam, World Vision,Christian Aid and Care
International have started responding to the most
• So far, 409 dead bodies were removed from the rubbles
across the 13 impacted communities and the number may still
rise. UNODC has set up a joint team composed of forensics,
scientific police and a specialized rescue expert unit with
trained dogs to lend support to search and rescue efforts, as
well as recovery and identification of bodies.
• Burial of unidentified bodies has begun Thursday, 17 August,
in Waterloo in the outskirt of Freetown and a total of 300
bodies were buried so far. A seven-day mourning period starting
16 August was announced on 15 August.
• Together with UNOPS, UNDP has engaged the Environmental
Protection Agency to development a prevention roadmap that
includes immediate evacuation planning in areas that seem prone
to a recurrence of the slide, develop coordinated messaging on
prevention, and undertake an in-depth study on the cause of
the slide, which many say is the first in 45 years in the
country. UNOPS with support from UNDP is currently undertaking
a geo-mapping exercise and UNDP is in discussion to field a
geologist to help with the analysis.
• UNFPA adapted the rapid EmONC assessment tool to better
understand the needs of the health facilities in the affected
areas to determine gaps in EmONC and assess the gaps in the
provision of sexual and reproductive health services family
planning, adolescent youth friendly health services and Gender
Based Violence (GBV) services.
• UN Women is co-facilitating a gender analysis of primary
and secondary data provided on survivors by the response agencies.
For survivors of the landslide and people affected by the floods:
Health care for injured survivors - Water, prevention of diseases, hygiene
Essential household utensils and other non-food items
Sleeping mats, blankets and pillows for those in shelters and in host families
Reducing protection risks, notably risks related to sexual and
gender-based violence (SGBV) and specific risks faced by children.
Body management, removal of debris, clear water ways and drainage.
Private sector engagement in emergency relief is critical to enable
the private sector to bring necessary technical expertise and add capacity in low-resourced sites.
Asian Disaster Reduction Center(ADRC)