Britain has promised to assist Sierra Leone with £5million as aid as a result of devastating flood which started on Monday.

 

There was a partial collapse of a hillside triggered mudslides, engulfing homes and wreaking destruction with death toll of over 400 persons and about 600 still missing.

 

“Today we are counting more than 400 people dead”

 

Citizens and experts alike have questioned why the government has not done more to tackle illegal construction and deforestation on the outskirts of the overcrowded capital of Freetown.

 

The Secretary-General of International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, Elhadj As Sy, said that the Government of the West African country was facing a crisis “way beyond its capacity” and appealed to the international community to significantly ramp up its support.

 

Britain’s International Development Secretary Priti Patel also stated that

 

“Our new support will provide basic lifesaving supplies like food, water, shelter and clothing to people who have lost everything. The international community must follow our lead and step up to the plate”

 

The Red Cross said it will launch an emergency funding appeal today. Meanwhile, China has pledged $1 million, Togo $500,000, and Israel and several West African nations have contributed food and cash.

 

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