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Nepal and Sierra Leone: emergency assistance from Italy after devastating floods

ROME, AUGUST 16 – Italy has decided to send “an immediate sign of solidarity” to the people of Nepal and of Sierra Leone to at least partially contribute to alleviating their terrible distress and grief caused by the recent mudslides, the Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Angelino Alfano announced today.

Minister Alfano added: “The Italian Cooperation service has arranged for an emergency financing of 200,000 euros and 250,000 euros respectively to the Federation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) for relief operations to be given to the populations affected.”

Alfano stressed that “Italy is close to all the families of the victims and the people injured in the recent events”.

At least 120 people have been killed and tens of thousands affected by floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains across Nepal, the government said on Wednesday, the worst such calamity in nearly a decade. In Sierra Leone torrential rains caused the deaths of over 400 people. Concerns shifted Wednesday to the estimated 600 people still missing and thousands made homeless, as it emerged that at least a third of those killed were children.

The United Nations said Tuesday that it was evaluating humanitarian needs in Sierra Leone. President Ernest Bai Koroma fought back tears on Tuesday as he visited the devastated hilltop community of Regent, saying the scale of the challenge ahead was “overwhelming us”. (@OnuItalia)

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