Sierra Leone marks anniversary of mudslide tragedy

Sierra Leone marks anniversary of mudslide tragedy

President Julius Maada Bio paid respects to the victims and families of Sierra Leone’s 2017 landslide tragedy, promising during the memorial events to create a National Disaster Preparedness and Management Agency to prevent future catastrophes. “Today, we remember all our brothers, sisters and children who lost their lives in this…

Updated death toll at 45 in Kenya dam disaster

The death toll has reached 45 in Kenya following a catastrophic dam failure near the village of Solai in the western part of the country, amid new fears that other dams may be at risk of breach. Authorities say another 40 people who were missing are accounted for, except for…

Mauritius to support farmers hard-hit by cyclone flooding

Electricity has been restored, water supply is intact and officials on Mauritius have identified roads and drainage systems needing repair because of Cyclone Berguitta – but food supply remains a problem in the short term. Heavy rainfall impacted farmers and about 75 percent of local vegetable production, said Mahen Kumar…

Madagascar: Slow storm Enawo tracks south with heavy rains

Powerful tropical cyclone Enawo, which made landfall near Antalaha Tuesday as an intense and destructive storm, continued Wednesday to affect the island nation of Madagascar. At 7 a.m. local time, the slow-moving storm – which is tracking farther inland than originally forecast – continued to make its way south in…