Torrential rains in Sierra Leone have caused heavy flooding and extensive damage to homes and property in the capital, Freetown. Telephone communication has been disrupted.
The government has asked all citizens to stay at home Thursday except for essential workers and students who are taking the West Africa examination.
President Ernest Bai Koroma has held a security meeting to discuss the government’s response to the crisis. VOA reporter Kelvin Lewis in Freetown said the flooding is the worst he’s ever seen.
“It’s very, very bad. I have not seen this in all my life and I have lived in this town for all my life and I’m not a young man anymore. It’s so bad that cars and houses have been swept away. In some cases people have had to access the roof to get out of flooding houses. It’s so massive everywhere in the city; lots of people have been displaced,” he said.