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Mudslide Disaster Support…

Gov’t received Le6.5bn, 4.5m USD

October 5, 2017 By Ishmael Sallieu Koroma

A representative from hired fiduciary agent, BDO, has in a press conference organised yesterday by the Office of National Security (ONS) at Tower Hill in Freetown, disclosed that they have received the sum of Le6.5bn in cash and US$4.5 million as donations from private individuals, local and international organisations since the August 14 mudslide and flood disaster.

Chris George said 95% of the money is intact and available at the bank.

Speaking during the press briefing, National Security Coordinator in the Office of National Security (ONS), Ismail Sheriff Tarashid Tarawalli, said moves to deliver early recovery packages to affected persons were underway, ahead of 15 November when the temporary camps would be closed.

“There are two options, if you want to stay with loved ones or want to leave the camp, ONS will provide Le2,175,000 [two million one hundred and seventy-five thousand Leones] per family and would be complemented with food and non-food items,” he explained.

The ONS boss added that all affected families would receive a standard amount of Le870,000 as humanitarian cash transfer to help them stabilise their lives.

Mr. Tarawalli stated that most victims of the twin disaster wanted government to immediately intervene and allow them to leave the camps, stating that plans were underway for the disbursement of cash payments upon completion of final verification.

He disclosed that already, a team from ONS is doing a mapping exercise of risk areas, adding that they would work with line ministries and agencies for the enforcement of the law.

“People are still adamant and sometimes they have threatened workers of ONS with machetes whenever they go out to tell them not to construct houses in risk areas,” he said.

Mr. Tarawalli maintained that there are still challenges with the registration process as a good number of people who claim to be victims are in fact fictitious.