Early in the morning on August 14, 2017, after three days of torrential rainfall, devastating floods and mudslides occurred in and around Sierra Leone’s capital city, Freetown.
Khalifa Jabbie, Sierra Leonean international midfielder for Sheriff Tiraspol in Moldova and for the Sierra Leone national football team donated $3000 to help the victims left homeless.
So far, the number of confirmed deaths is 467; hundreds of others are missing and feared dead. More than 3,000 people were left homeless and hundreds of buildings were damaged or destroyed by the mudslides. Occurring during a particularly wet rainy season, the disaster was exacerbated by the city’s situation at or below sea level, poor infrastructure, and drainage system.
— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) August 14, 2017
Over 400 deaths have been confirmed so far but that total is expected to rise as the mud is cleared.
“Upon witnessing this sad event, I thought it prudent to manifest my patriotism by donating to the flood victims,” said Jabbie.
“I’m shocked and left dumbstruck upon hearing that a mudslide had occurred. My heart goes out to the victims.”
— KEI KAMARA (@keikamara) August 16, 2017
Jabbie is has urging others to donate whatever they can.
The Sierra Leone Football Association (SLFA) said in a press statement that it was saddened by the disaster and has decided to postpone the commencement of the finals of the national female league to mourn the dead.