The Government has confirmed that an additional £5 million will be sent to assist humanitarian efforts in Sierra Leone following flooding and landslides. The money will assist in providing clean water, clothing and temporary accommodation.
Priti Patel, the International Development Secretary, said:
“This tragedy comes shortly after the Ebola crisis which Sierra Leone has worked so hard to recover from. Britain was at the forefront in tackling that deadly disease and we remain shoulder to shoulder with Sierra Leone today after these devastating events.
The UK was among the first to respond to this emergency, with personnel at the scene within just hours of the landslide to help co-ordinate the emergency response.
Our new support will provide basic life-saving supplies like food, water, shelter and clothing to people who have lost everything. The international community must follow our lead and step up to the plate”.