March 5, 2021

Israel responds with a helping hand to Sierra Leone after devastating landslide

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday instructed the Foreign Ministry to send aid to Sierra Leone, after the devastating landslide that killed more than three hundred people in the capital.

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Netanyahu instructs Foreign Ministry to send medicine, clean water, blankets, and food, according to The Times of Israel.

“The prime minister has ordered the Foreign Ministry to extend aid to Sierra Leone in any way and as soon as possible,” his office said.

The aid will be made available to the Government of Sierra Leone via the embassy in Senegal.

Torrential rain fall which started in the early hours of 4:30 am in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown also affected residents of Regent, Kaningo, IMATT, Kingtom, and other sectors in Western Freetown.

Continuous heavy rainfalls are common in Sierra Leone due to the country’s tropical climate but recent events are different with the high level of torrential rains and flooding, causing havoc throughout the country.

The houses of the Information and Communication Minister and the Mayor of Freetown have reportedly collapsed at Regent with all the caretakers of the minister dead.

Sierra Leone’s Vice-President Victor Bockarie Foh said it was “likely that hundreds are lying dead”.

Mr Foh told Reuters news agency that the disaster was “so serious that I myself feel broken”, adding that the area was being cordoned off as people were being evacuated.

 

 

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