Niger: Floods - DREF operation n° MDRNE011

CHF 284’456, has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to 1,500 households. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: During the past few weeks, heavy rains caused severe flooding in the regions of Dosso, Niamey, Agadez, Zinder, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabéry and Diffa. To date, over 400,000 people are reportedly affected and the latest meteorological forecast predicts additional rains over the next week. The Red Cross Society of Niger responded immediately in organizing assessments alongside the authorities and other humanitarian agencies, providing non food items from pre-positioned stock and assisting in the evacuation and medical treatment of injured persons.

This DREF operation is based on a plan of action developed by the Red Cross Society of Niger following rapid needs assessments and coordination of actions with the authorities and other humanitarian organizations. The operation will provide support to 1,500 families through provision of essential food, and non-food items, as well as support to emergency health, water and sanitation.
The operation is expected to be implemented over three months and will therefore be completed by 5 December 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by March 2013).