Belarus Severe Winter Condition DREF Operation n° MDRBY001 - Update No. 2
Summary: The revised budget for this operation is CHF 95,871 that has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Belarus Red Cross Society. The operation aims delivering assistance to more than 4,000 homeless people and other vulnerable people throughout Belarus. Unearmarked funds to replenish the DREF are encouraged.
Due to the sudden onset of extremely cold weather, many Belarusians' livelihoods already hit hard by the crisis came under extreme pressure. The severe winter has increased the vulnerability of the homeless in particular.
The Belarus Red Cross carried out response activities immediately by meeting the basic needs such as hot meals, warm clothing, and blankets of those mostly affected. The situation has been aggravated by heavy snowfalls and continuation of extremely low temperatures. In this context, the operation responded to the increased needs of beneficiaries by setting up winterized tents with equipment to function as stations in the cities where people can warm up and receive services and relief from the Belarus Red Cross Society. Additional food packages, clothes, winter boots, blankets, and mattresses were also provided for the beneficiaries, especially the homeless.
In order to ensure that proper support is provided to the affected people, Belarus Red Cross rescue teams received tools to remove the snow and help trapped vehicles. Also in order to efficiently assist other vulnerable city inhabitants, Red Cross volunteers working on the streets were provided with big thermos flasks to hand out hot drinks. This operation was expected to be implemented over two months, however at the end of February the severe frosts subsided and relief activities continued on a smaller scale, providing targeted assistance to the most vulnerable, mainly the homeless.
As a result, the Belarus Red Cross made savings of CHF 7,400. In view of the above mentioned circumstances, DREF approval was requested for an extension of the implementation period of the operation until 30 April 2012. During this period the savings will be used for supply of 100 food parcels to the people affected by spring floods in Gomel region, as well as for purchase of technical equipment for 20 Red Cross emergency response volunteers and staff, which was recommended by the “lessons learned” workshop co-facilitated by IFRC in Minsk on 12-13 March 2012.
The operation will therefore be completed by 30th April 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 30th July 2012).
The Austrian Red Cross, the Icelandic Red Cross and the DG ECHO contributed to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation.
The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian Governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Government, the Danish Red Cross and the Danish Government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian Governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg Government, the Monaco Red Cross and the Monaco Government, the Netherlands Red Cross and the Netherlands Government, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian Government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and the Swedish Government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Belarus National Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2012.pdf
For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:
· Belarus Red Cross Society: Viktor Kolbanov, Secretary General; Minsk; phone/ fax: +375 17 327 14 17email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· IFRC Office in Belarus: Zlatko Kovac, IFRC Representative for Belarus and Ukraine; phone +375 17 223 34 46; fax: +375 17 223 90 60; e-mail: email@example.com
· IFRC Zone: Alberto Monguzzi, Acting Disaster Management Coordinator; office phone:+36 1 8884 500; email: firstname.lastname@example.org
· IFRC Geneva: Christine South, Operations Support, Phone: +41.22.730.4529, email: email@example.com