Sierra Leone Mudslide 2017


In August 2017, a massive mudslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone, resulted in many deaths while demolishing homes and communities.


In the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) formal commitments to Accountability to Affected Populations (CAAPs) it was acknowledged that “communication with, and inclusion of, crisis-affected populations in the design and provision of humanitarian

United Nations Children's Fund
Sierra Leone is vulnerable to floods and mudslides but still lacks an adequate disaster management plan, largely due to the negligence of policymakers.
Patriotic Vanguard, the
After a landslide in Sierra Leone in 2017, rapid urbanisation and deforestation were identified as the main causes of the disaster. The challenge now is to find ways to build affordable homes, while ensuring that the infrastructure is resilient to extreme weather events.
World Bank, the
In Freetown, coordinated services in three areas – land administration, disaster risk management, and geospatial information production and sharing – may hold the key to helping the city prevent another mudslide or disaster. The World Bank and University of Melbourne are researching how geospatial and national land information can build Sierra Leone's resilience.
World Bank, the
Freetown is still under threat one year after a devastating mudslide killed an estimated 1,000 people and left thousands homeless. It must tackle deforestation, poor housing and decrepit drainage if it is to prevent the next disaster, but insufficient funding remains a major obstacle to upgrading the city's infrastructure.
Thomson Reuters Foundation,
To celebrate World Environment Day, hundreds of Freetonians came together to plant a tree in honor of the more than 1000 people killed and missing after landslides and floods hit Freetown in 2017. The tree-planting also marks an important phase of the Freetown Emergency Recovery Project, which is designed to support the government’s resilient recovery program.
World Bank, the