Assam Floods (MDRIN009) DREF Operation Update No 2

Period covered by this update: 17 August to 5 October 2012.

Summary: CHF 298,424 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 13 July 2012 to support the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 200,000 beneficiaries.

In response to heavy flooding that hit Assam from 26 June 2012, IRCS activated its emergency response teams at district, state and national levels, targeting the most vulnerable from 2.2 million persons who have been affected by this flooding with the distribution of non-food items, provision of shelter, water, and sanitation and health promotion interventions.

Although flooding is a seasonal event in India, these floods are the worst to hit Assam in decades. In addition, the flooding came extremely early in the monsoon season and was followed by several waves of back-to-back of floods over a sustained period.

The operation is expected to be implemented within five months, and completed by 12 December 2012. In line with IFRC reporting standards, the final report (narrative and financial) will be issued 90 days after the end of the operation (by 31 March 2013).

The major donors and partners of DREF include the Canadian Red Cross and government, and tsunami funds. IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. Details of the contributions to the DREF can be found on www.ifrc.org/dref.