Sierra Leone’s Capital Grapples With Water Issues


Abundant downpours during the rainy season bring deadly floods to Sierra Leone every year. In 2017, a mudslide killed more than 1,000 people and left thousands homeless. Experts largely blamed the disaster on rapid urbanisation driving residents to claim trees and land to build new homes. But officials and aid workers are increasingly worried about another trend: diminishing water reserves. Here, women wash clothes in a stream in Freetown.

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