The deadly landslide in Freetown, Sierra Leone on Monday morning was undoubtedly partly the result of deforestation.
As the long awaited rains begin to fall in the city, residential areas along the hills and valleys are getting apprehensive with reported cases of disaster in various parts of the east end of the city.
Risk knowledge & assessment provides essential information to set priorities
for mitigation and prevention strategies and designing early warning systems.
Systems with monitoring and predicting capabilities provide timely estimates
of the potential risk faced by communities, economies and the environment.
Communication systems are needed for delivering warning messages
to the potentially affected locations to alert local and regional governmental agencies.
The messages need to be reliable, synthetic and simple to be understood by authorities and the public.
Coordination, good governance and appropriate action plans are key points