This report describes the methods and data used to carry out the different analyses for the natural hazard and risk assessment undertaken for each of the three cities (Freetown, Makeni, and Bo) assessed as part of this project.
This report also provides an at-a-glance overview of the quantitative hazard and risk results from this study. The report provides guidance to the Government of Sierra Leone and other key stakeholders to prioritize a range of disaster risk reduction (DRR) and disaster risk management (DRM) options that will save lives, reduce the potential for damage to critical buildings and infrastructure, and reduce the potential economic losses caused by flooding and other hazards.
The results of this study will help to inform the understanding of natural hazards and risk for the three cities and build on ongoing DRR and DRM work in Sierra Leone by recommending simple but practical and effective solutions to natural hazard-risk to reduce risk and increase resilience in each of the three cities.
This report is Volume 1 of 5 reports related to this project. Volumes 2-4 contain city-specific information relating to each of Freetown, Makeni and Bo respectively. These volumes contain further literature reviews specifically relating to each city, a more detailed review of the results from the natural hazard and risk assessments for each city and a review of city-specific Disaster Risk Management/Reduction options. Volume 5 contains a series of A3 page size maps showing the spatial distribution of natural hazard and risk in each of Freetown, Makeni and Bo.