August 24, 2017 By Mohamed Massaquoi
The United States Agency for International Development’s (USAID), Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance, has donated $100,000 to the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies to be used by the Sierra Leonean chapter of the Red Cross in its emergency response.
A release from the US Embassy in Freetown yesterday stated that the United States is bereaved by the loss of life due to the disastrous mudslide and flooding that took place in Sierra Leone on August 14, 2017.
“We remain a strong partner in support of the disaster response led by the government of Sierra Leone. This donation builds on long-term support already provided by the U.S. government to Sierra Leone to build its emergency response structures and institutions. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) staff in Sierra Leone are working closely with the Ministry of Health and Sanitation at the Public Health Emergency Operations Center and at various communities across the Western Area,” the release state, adding that the 117 hotline which was used during the Ebola outbreak, is also being used by the Government of Sierra Leone to track and respond to reports of human remains or possible disease outbreaks.
“The Department of Defense (DOD) personnel assigned to the U.S. Embassy in Freetown are working closely with the Office of National Security (ONS) to provide technical support as and when needed. A team of engineers from the U.S. Army Africa (USARAF) is on their way to Sierra Leone to meet with the Sierra Leone Institute of Engineers, the Republic of Sierra Leone Armed Forces (RSLAF) corps of engineers, and United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) to provide support to a structural engineering assessment. Meanwhile, we encourage citizens to utilize services currently being provided by the central government through it agencies. Please call 117 to report human remains or a health emergency,” the release concluded.