Central African Republic: Severe Local Storm - Mar 2013
On 4 Mar 2013, severe wind storms ravaged several neighborhoods in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, as well as in nearby Bimbo, causing extensive damage. The town of Bouar in the western part of the country experienced heavy rains accompanied by strong winds. A total of 1,006 houses were destroyed and 308 were damaged. 8,710 people are left homeless or lost their belongings in the storm and required emergency assistance. Up to 869 wells were polluted by debris and 914 latrines were destroyed. (IFRC, 21 Mar 2013)
Summary: CHF 294,903 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 21 March, 2013 to support the Central African Republic Red Cross (CAR Red Cross) in delivering assistance to some 8,710 beneficiaries (1,314 families), or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
Heavy fighting continued throughout Syria, with shelling reported from all but two of the Governorates in the country. The violence in densely populated places, including Aleppo, Homs, Deir-ez-Zor, Idleb and central Damascus remained intense. More than 400,000 people have fled Syria since 1 January, bringing the total number of Syrian refugees in neighbouring countries to around 1.32 million as of 14 April, according to UNHCR.
The situation in Syria continues to revolve around insurgents and Government troops bitterly fighting for the control of the main accesses to the capital Damascus. Meanwhile, the conflict has also intensified around other urban centres such as Aleppo, Homs, Deir-ez-Zor and Idleb. As of 7 April, the overall number of Syrian refugees in the neighbouring countries continued to rise, reaching over 1.25 million people, according to the UNHCR.
CHF 294,903 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Central African Republic Red Cross (CAR Red Cross) to provide immediate assistance to some 8,710 beneficiaries (1,314 families). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.