Central African Republic: Strong winds DREF Operations n° MDRCF022

A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Since January 2017, the Central African Republic has been experiencing series of violent winds. The cities of Mbaïki, Ndolobo, Ndjoh, Lambi and Bossembelé centers located respectively 107 km, 125 km and 157 km from Bangui, faced since 16 March 2017, violent winds following heavy rains, causing major damage.

The 75 volunteers from local branches of the Red Cross, including 25 from Mbaiki, 15 from Ndolobo, 10 from Lambi, 5 from Ndjoh and 20 from Bossembelé, went to the affected neighborhoods and began to assess the situation, provided first aid to the wounded, evacuated the wounded to the hospital and helped resettle the most vulnerable with host families.

The 445 most vulnerable families were identified by the Red Cross. Specific needs include emergency shelter, access to drinking water and sanitation. Failure to meet these emergency needs will result in a rapid deterioration of living conditions for these vulnerable families, including increased morbidity and mortality from infectious disease and exposure to weather.

Additional necessities such as blankets, mats, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, kitchen kits, toilet kits, soaps, buckets, jerry cans, lamps, etc., will help improve the living conditions of these people. Weather forecasts continue to indicate additional flooding is likely in the Central African Republic, which could aggravate the situation of these already vulnerable populations if nothing is done.

Coordination and partnerships

The Préfet of la Lobaye, the Sous-Préfet of Mbaïki, de Bossembelé, the Mayors of Mbaïki, Ndolobo, Lambi, Ndjoh and Bossembelé and the leaders of other identified neighborhoods supported the volunteers in assessing the situation on the ground. The Local Committees of Mbaïki, Ndolobo, Lambi, Ndjoh and Bossembelé as well as the local authorities of these cities have launched an appeal in support of the victims.

Summary of the current response

Overview of Host National Society

The National Disaster Management Director of the CRCA carried out field missions last week - 19 March 2017 in Mbaïki and Ndolobo in order to observe the extent of the disaster and discuss the actions to be carried out.The 75 volunteers from local branches of the Red Cross, including 25 from Mbaiki, 15 from Ndolobo, 10 from Lambi, 5 from Ndjoh and 20 from Bossembelé, went to the affected neighborhoods to assess the situation and provided first aid to the wounded, evacuated the wounded to the hospital and helped resettle the most vulnerable with host families.

The National Disaster Management Director of the CRCA organized debriefing at the National Society headquarters about the field visits and the results. Based on the information the President of the National Society informed the ICRC Head of delegation in CAR of the DREF request and the operation which the Central Africa Red Cross Society is currently requesting. The National Disaster Management Director of the CRCA, in collaboration with the IFRC Country Representative for CAR, prepared and finalized the current DREF to urgently assist these vulnerable groups.

They National Society aims to carry out activities in five sectors: distribution, emergency health, emergency shelter, water, hygiene and sanitation. This operation will be implemented over a three-month period and will be completed by 31 July 2017, the final report will be available three months after the end of the operation (30 November 2017); The IFRC Country Office, together with the National Society, will assume responsibility for timely implementation, financial management and reporting of the operation. The operation will require a two months RDRT deployment for smooth running and coordination of the operation, and to enable the National Society to quickly address those urgent needs.