Israel was the first country to deliver aid to disaster-struck Sierra Leone, in a shipment of food for 10,000 meals, after thousands of people have been displaced by deadly mudslides in the West African country.
Israel’s Ambassador to West Africa Paul Hirschson, who has been tasked with coordinating Israeli assistance in Sierra Leone, said that he was “proud to say” the food was the first international aid to arrive in the country.
Israel has also promised to send in further assistance, including medical assistance and other help depending on the needs of Sierra Leone.
On Tuesday, the Israeli aid agency IsrAID said that it had a team on the ground who were “providing relief and psycho social support” for those effected.
More than 300 people have died in the flooding and mudslides and initial Red Cross estimates said as many as 3,000 people were left homeless, with the figure expected to rise.