United Methodist Committee on Relief


UMCOR Responds to Mudslide in Sierra Leone

By Bella DiFilippo*

On Monday, August 14, 2017, Sierra Leone experienced torrential rain, triggering a series of heavy floods and mudslides in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. Today, hospital officials say the death toll has reached nearly 500, however, there are still 600 people missing. Rescue workers continue to recover bodies from the muddy rubble.

Sierra Leone’s Office of National Security (ONS) estimates more than 3,000 people have lost their homes. The government is currently evaluating the needs of families who are now internally displaced. There is grave concern another mudslide or flood is likely to occur, as more rain is predicted in Sierra Leone’s forecast. The government is urging impacted families to evacuate the area and calling on international aid for emergency support.

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is in contact with our United Methodist partners in Sierra Leone. On Friday, August 18, 2017, UMCOR dispersed a $10,000 emergency grant to The United Methodist Church in Sierra Leone. We will continue to explore the options for responding to this tragedy.

UMCOR cannot do the work it does without the care and support of its donors. Help us spread awareness about the families surviving through this difficult crisis. Partner with us by giving to Advance #982450 to support our response to international disasters.

Please join us in praying for the families who have been devastated by this tragedy. 

Learn about UMCOR's response.

*Bella DiFilippo is program area liaison from Mission Engagement for Global Ministries.