In this piece by the international development secretary, she says in giving £5m to the flood response, Britain is at the forefront of helping a nation in need

Sierra Leone is a country once more in need of urgent humanitarian assistance following the devastating floods that have taken hundreds of lives, and destroyed many more. It is unfair to say that the UK government has had little to say on the devastating loss of life, as claimed in the Guardian on Thursday.

As when Ebola took hold of Sierra Leone, the UK was among the first to respond to this emergency. British personnel were at the scene within just hours of the landslide to help coordinate the response. Two world-leading British humanitarian experts have also been deployed from the UK to provide specialist advice and expertise to help with response efforts and ensure our work has the greatest impact.

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