Montenegro: Floods in the refugee camp Konik DREF operation n° MDRME006
CHF 83,656 (USD 89,519 or EUR 69,143) has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 150 families (800 beneficiaries). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
On July 24th 2012 refugee camp Konik, in the suburbs of Podgorica, the capital of Montenegro, caught fire. The whole settlement of camp Konik I was destroyed with prefabricated houses – 38 of them – burning down.
The fire destroyed the Red Cross office and warehouse that were within the camp, the youth club, the community centre with two premises for kindergarten, the field office of Legal Advisory Centre as well as the Roma NGO office.
From the outset of disaster, the Red Cross of Montenegro has been working with the National and local authorities and international community to alleviate suffering and to meet the basic needs of the affected population.
Red Cross erected a tent settlement for the affected camp inhabitants, using 155 tents. Using its emergency stock, the Red Cross of Montenegro also distributed 800 mattresses, 800 blankets, 250 jerry cans, 250 kitchen sets. The national society also distributes daily hot meals, provided by Municipality of Podgorica, UNHCR, German NGO HELP and Ministry of Labour and Social Welfare. Food distribution began the first day after the fire and is still on. Red Cross representatives regularly updated the list of camp inhabitants in the tents. Red Cross teams also provided psychosocial support to the affected population.