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China provide massive supports to mudslide and flood victims in Sierra Leone

By Abu Bakarr Kargbo – CAPC Beijing (People's Daily Online)    17:39, August 18, 2017

Vehicles conveying corpses for burial on Thursday

A cash donation of US$ 1 million is part of the numerous supports the Government of the People's Republic of China has provided to the Government and People of Sierra Leone as immediate response to the flooding and mudslide tragedy that hit parts of the capital city, Freetown on Monday. Wang Xinmin, Charge D'Affaires at the Chinese Embassy in Freetown made the pronouncement at Sierra Leone’s State House on Wednesday.

Prior to the recent cash donation, the Chinese community and Chinese companies in Sierra Leone, the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Sierra Leone Chinese Chamber of Commerce, CFS Co. Limited and the Chinese Business Community (Timber Association) donated USD$ 83,860 and over Le 100 million (Sierra Leone currency) cash and items such as 5 tons of rice, 2,000 boxes of water, 25 cartons of medicine, etc., to Vice President Victor Bockarie Foh for the support of the Sierra Leone government rescuing and disaster relief efforts.

Charge D’Affaires Wang Xinmin, on behalf of the Chinese government and people expressed deep condolences to the people who lost their lives and sympathies to those affected by the disaster as well as the bereaved family members. He further expressed Chinese government’s commitment to stand together with Sierra Leone as the country goes all out to carry out rescue measures after the disaster.

Receiving the kind information of the Chinese government emergency disaster relief fund, President Koroma thanked the Chinese government for their support in time of grief and sorrow. He ensured that funds would be properly used to assist the people affected by the disaster. He noted that, he was not surprise for such good-will gesture from the Chinese government and people because they are always one of the first to support Sierra Leone in times of difficult moment.

President Koroma recalled that in the early 2014 when the country was hit by Ebola outbreak, that later devastated Sierra Leone, China was the first country to send in support to fight the virus together with Sierra Leone.

President Koroma thanked his Chinese counterpart President Xi Jinping and the people of China for the donation and commended the efforts of Chinese companies operating in the country for their assistance to victims of the unprecedented August 14 tragedy. 

Sierra Leone’s Vice President, Victor Bockarie Foh expressed thanks and appreciation for the support from the Chinese community and Chinese companies noting that, as former Ambassador to China he understood and knew the Chinese to be very disciplined and that he was aware of the contribution of the Chinese doctors and heavy machines at the disaster-stricken areas. He noted that China has always been first in supporting Sierra Leone in moment like the mudslide and flooding devastation and guaranteed to make good use of the donation on behalf of the victims and the expenses would be under close monitoring of the Sierra Leone government.

Flooding and mudslide sparked by torrential rains and onrush of water from the slopes of Sugar Loaf have adversely affected Mortormeh, Kamayama and Kaningo communities on the outskirts of Freetown.

Government has set up a Response Center to coordinate emergency response efforts under the following pillars: health and burial, social welfare, security and rescue, logistics and communications.

In attendance from the Chinese community were the Charge d’Affaires of the Chinese Embassy, Wang Xinmin, Economic and Commercial Counsellor Shen Xiaokai, the Chairman of the Chinese Chamber of Commerce and the General Manager of Bintumani Hotel, Zhang Wenguo, the Chairman of Sierra Leone Chinese Chamber of Commerce Li Luming, the Secretary General, Yi Ning and representatives of the various Chinese companies in Sierra Leone.

Abu Bakarr Kargbo is a Senior Staff Writer of Standard Times Newspaper in Sierra Leone and an Intern at People’s Daily Online. 

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