Bad weather disrupts UNEP environmental helicopter tour in Sierra Leone

By Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya

What has been anticipated as a good environmental helicopter tour in the country has been totally disrupted by bad weather yesterday Wednesday 21st September 2011. The tour which was being organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) was aimed at visiting, taking pictures and filming environmental prone areas in the country including Freetown in the Western Area, Malal hills in Port Loko district, Addax operational areas in Makeni in the Bombali district, African Minerals operational areas in Ferenbeya in the Tonkolili district, Lake Sonfon and Loma Mountains in the Koinadugu distirct, Tinki Hills and Koidu Holdings operational areas in Kono District, Kangari hills in the Tonkoli District Singamba, Sierra Rutile and Shenge in the Moyamba district and Banana islands in the Freetown.

Ariel view of Aberdeen community (photo credit- Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya)

The delegation on the environmental mission was composed of representatives from United Nations Environment Programme, Environment Protection Agency, Standard Times Environment department, DFID, PAGE, United Nations Development Programme to name a few. After taking off at the Cockrill helipad, the mission was disrupted by rain and bad weather along the Bunce Island in the Port Loko district. The pilot decided to divert the helicopter and enroot through the Western Area Peninsular Forest reserve and back to destination.

The Programme Coordinator for the United Nations Environment Programme, Oli Brown said they will reschedule another date in other to complete the mission as planned.






Ariel View of Banana Island (photo credit- Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya)











This environment ariel view is being destroyed by Sierra Rutile Company in Rutile (photo credit- Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya)

Ariel view of Lumley-Aberdeen highway (photo credit Ishmael Kindama Dumbuya)

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