In Africa, during the month of August, an estimated 1,240 people were killed by intense rains and mudslides.
This point is being made not so as to undermine any people's suffering, but to provide a level of attention afforded to similar catastrophes that happen in other areas of the world.
In Sierra Leone's capital, Freetown, mudslides in August brought on by intense rain killed over 1,000 in one week. Government officials put that figure at 400, but on the ground aid workers said there were a further 600 missing.
Freetown, Sierra Leone 14 August 2017.
Flooding also occurred in 2015 in Freetown, which killed at least 10 people and rendered several thousand homeless.