Freetown, 5th May 2022 – The National Disaster Management Agency (NDMA) through its Directorate of Relief and Response over the week stockpiled, managed, coordinated and supervised the distribution of disaster relief items to victims of the Culvert/Race Course Community.
On the 28th of April 2022 at the Culvert community, an ignited blaze caused by poor electrification from one of the many clustered zinc houses burnt down 34 other houses and left 178 households serious affected.
The NDMA immediately carried out a preliminary assessment of the cause, impact and effect of the incident. During the exercise, various humanitarian organizations such as Caritas, World Vision, UNICEF, Red Cross and the Freetown City Council visited the scene to assess the situation, documented losses and responded to immediate needs.
The NDMA which is mandated to manage disasters and similar emergencies in Sierra Leone, develop the capacity of communities to respond effectively to disasters and emergencies promptly, throughout the week established a command centre, coordinated wet feeding, received donations and facilitated the distribution of food items that were submitted by partners and individuals.
Humanitarian organizations such as Save The Children responded immediately with a two-day wet feeding on 30th April and 1st May, 2022 to all the 788 affected victims totalling 2,200 meals, 700 bundles of water, and 500 ‘Pikin Mix’ food supplements for infants. Temporary holding facilities within the community were identified by NDMA and UNICEF.
An Islamic Philanthropist, Mohamed Modu Kamara alias Jagaban, on 4th May, donated the sum of Le 20,000,000 (Twenty Million Leones).
GOAL SL distributed 178 (25kg) bags of rice to all the affected households.
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