On August 14th, after several days of heavy rains, significant flooding and deadly mudslide occurred in and around Freetown, Sierra Leone. In a message, Bishop Momoh of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone (ELCSL), wrote, “Today is a sad and sorrowful day for Sierra Leone due to flooding and land slide at various part of Freetown.” He reported that there were 420 lives lost and a large number of injured survivors. According to Sierra Leone’s Office of National Security, there are an estimated 3,000 or more people have lost their homes and are in need of immediate relief. The number of casualties and affected families are expected to increase in the coming days.
Bishop Momoh went on to say, “The church is currently putting together food and non-food items for the internally displaced persons.” Lutheran Disaster Response has sent an initial $2,000 to ELCSL for immediate relief activities. Through our companion and other partners on the ground, we will continue to monitor the situation and stand ready to accompany our companion church and other partners on the ground.
In closing his message, Bishop Momoh wrote, “Keep us in your prayers.” As people of faith, we know the power of prayer and so Lutheran Disaster Response asks that we all continually be in prayer for The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Sierra Leone, the Council of Churches in Sierra Leone, the local government and all those impacted by the mudslides.
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Continue to pray for all those impacted by the mudslides, may God’s healing presence comfort them in their time of need.
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