“While the immensity of the disaster is far-reaching, these
solar lanterns will help many of the families and communities affected by last
week’s floods and landslides, while crucially aiding in the search and rescue
efforts,” said Nick Gardner, UNOPS Country Manager.
The solar lanterns provide a reliable source of light for 13
hours after charging and can also charge a mobile phone.
An estimated 3,000 people lost their homes last week,
according to the Office of National Security and the UN Office for the
Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Four hundred people have lost their lives
and more than 600 are still missing.
UNOPS is working with its partners in Sierra Leone to assess
the extent of damage, including through the drone mapping of affected areas, which
is helping to provide accurate data for emergency operations and coordination.