Israel to send food to survivors of Sierra Leone disaster
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More than 300 people died and 3000 others are homeless

Israel to send food to survivors of Sierra Leone disaster

Ambassador coordinates with authorities to distribute aid to thousands of homeless people in flood-stricken Freetown

Residents walk through floodwaters past a damaged building in an area of Freetown on August 14, 2017, after landslides struck the capital of the west African state of Sierra Leone. (AFP PHOTO / SAIDU BAH)
Residents walk through floodwaters past a damaged building in an area of Freetown on August 14, 2017, after landslides struck the capital of the west African state of Sierra Leone. (AFP PHOTO / SAIDU BAH)

Israel’s ambassador in West Africa, Paul Hirschson, was in contact with Sierra Leone authorities Tuesday about beginning to transfer aid to the country after it was hit by devastating mudslides early Monday morning.

Israel will begin purchasing food to distribute to survivors of the mudslide and will follow that up with medical aid in cooperation with local authorities, a Foreign Ministry statement said.

Initial Red Cross estimates said as many as 3,000 people were left homeless and the figure is expected to rise.

On Monday night Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed the Foreign Ministry to send the aid to Freetown, where more than 300 people died.

“The prime minister has ordered the Foreign Ministry to extend aid to Sierra Leone in any way and as soon as possible,” his office said.

Hirchson is nonresident ambassador to Sierra Leone and is based on Senegal.

Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma visited Israel in January, and at that time Netanyahu discussed with him the possibility of sending a delegation to support economic development.

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