Palestine, floods and heavy rains DREF operation n° MDRPS007

CHF 86,975 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 10 January 2013 to support the Palestine Red Crescent Society in delivering assistance to some 5,000 beneficiaries, and partly to replenish the used contingency stocks.

Summary:

The announced intensive rain and snow storms that started on January 7th and are still striking large parts of the OPT have generated floods in several parts of the country. Until now, two persons were killed by the floods and some 130 families have been evacuated from their houses. The rains were the largest in decades, according to meteorologists.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) proactively activated its four Operation rooms since Monday in preparation for the arrival of the storm and heavy rains. It has so far provided first aid and assistance to 130 families providing non-food relief items like tarpaulins, blankets, mattresses, hygiene kits, kitchen sets, and two tents to 778 persons.

With an additional two days of rain and snow storms expected for Thursday 10th and Friday 11th, the number of families who will need relief assistance is expected to increase.

The DREF request targets both the replenishment of PRCS stocks for what has been distributed so far, and the immediate purchase and distribution of additional items (especially tarpaulins and shelter repair kits) for the continuation of the emergency.

This operation is expected to be implemented in two months, and completed by 10 March 2013. In line with the Federation reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) is due 90 days after the end of the operation (by 10 June 2013).