SIERRA LEONE FLOODINGS

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Early in the Morning of Monday, August 14, 2017 Freetown was hit by heavy rainfall followed by mudslides sweeping down from the hills on the outskirts of the capital.

Initial Red Cross estimates said as many as 3,000 people were left homeless by the disaster and that figure was expected to rise. Communications and electricity also were affected. Initial Red Cross estimates said as many as 3,000 people were left homeless by the disaster and that figure was expected to rise. Communications and electricity also were affected.The toll did not include the untold numbers buried alive in their homes as they slept.The mortuary at Connaught Hospital was overwhelmed by the number of dead, and bodies had to be spread out on the floor. At least 300 perswons are dead and ovr 600 are missing.

FIAt-IFTA President Teresa Saavedra and the Members of the Board wish to express their feelings of deep compassion with the people of Sierra Leone. Thier thoughts go in particular to our colleague and longtime FIAT-IFTA National Member for Serra Leone, Junietta A. Macauley. Junietta is owner of the Columbia Davies Funeral Home in Freetown. Only two years ago, during the Ebola outbreak, the family of Junietta has suffered from this deadly epidemic. We wish her in these times great strenght to cope with the dramatic situation in her hometown. The Board appeals on our Members to contact Junietta Macauley: juniettamacauley@yahoo.com to offer support if possible. 

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