The ACP Group expresses profound regrets for the loss of lives and destruction, and conveys its deep condolences to the people and government of Sierra Leone and to families of those who have been killed and injured or made homeless by this disaster.
The ACP Group of States stands in solidarity with the affected communities of the nation of Sierra Leone, and calls for urgent action by disaster, emergency humanitarian agencies and international organisations to respond with assistance to address this crisis situation and provide support to the ongoing search and rescue efforts of the government of Sierra Leone”.
In a special letter addressed to His Excellency, Dr. Ernest Bai Koroma through the Embassy for onward transmission, the Director-General of UNESCO, Madam Irina Bokova with headquarters based in Paris, wrote, “I wish to express my profound sadness and sincere solidarity following the tragic flooding and landslide that have caused the death of more than 400 people, the displacement of thousands and much destructions in Freetown and its surrounding areas.
On behalf of UNESCO and in my own name, I would like to express sincere sympathy to you and the people of Sierra Leone during this difficult moment, and wish to assure you that UNESCO stands with your government during this time of national mourning”.
The Ambassador of the Republic of Sudan to the Kingdom of Belgium, His Excellency NatifSiddig, stated in his tribute, “we would like to express our sorrow and sympathy to those who were chosen by God Almighty and support to their families, government and people of Sierra Leone for this tragic incident.
May God Almighty grant their souls eternal peace and reward them their desired destiny”.
Other messages of Condolence include the Ambassador of the Republic of Guinea to the Kingdom of Belgium, His Excellency Dr. Ousmane Sylla and the Chargé D’ Affairs of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Mr. S.D. Umar.