Hull to help flood-hit Freetown

Published: Thursday 1st October 2015 by The News Editor

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Hull residents are once again being urged to help the people of Freetown, which has been devastated by torrential rainfall.

The capital of Sierra Leone, which is one of Hull’s twinned cities, saw severe flooding last week after a spell of heavy rain. Many people lost their lives, while thousands of others have had to flee their homes.

Emergency accommodation has been set up at the National Stadium in the city to shelter those affected by the disaster.

Meanwhile, the Freetown Society, which was established in 1981 to strengthen links between the communities of Hull and Freetown, has set up an urgent appeal for funding.

Local charity organisations UNICEF and the Sierra Leone Red Cross are involved in the appeal – and the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull, Councillor Anita Harrison, is calling on the people of Hull to also lend a helping hand.

She says local people were so generous last time with their donations to help Freetown fight Ebola, one of the worst affected areas in Africa, and hopes to see the same level of support and generosity again.

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Published: Thursday 1st October 2015 by The News Editor

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