March 4, 2021

Climate change hitting Sierra Leone

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Flash flooding has again hit the capital of Sierra Leone after torrential rains on Friday.

Flash flooding has again hit the capital of Sierra Leone after torrential rains on Friday.

The capital Freetown and environs was flooded with torrential rain on Friday causing enormous damages to properties and fatalities.According to USAID, Sierra Leone faces multiple risks from climate change that threaten key economic sectors and increase the potential for wider environmental degradation.At least six people were reported dead though some residents say it will take time for the right casualty to be known.

“The latest casualty report is based on the people reported missing during the flooding. We are yet to know the report of those who might have loss their lives through injuries caused by the flooding ” said Joseph Mansaray, a resident of Kroobay Wharf.Sierra Leone is the third most at risk countries in the world to climate change after Bangladesh and Guinea Bissau.

According to the science of climate change, the impacts are likely to continue to affect Sierra Leone in the future, despite the country being least responsible for the problem since Sierra Leone’s contribution to global emissions of greenhouse gases is negligible.

On 14 August 2017, a mudslide killed more than 1,000 people in the mountain town of Regent on the outskirts of Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown.

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