Extreme winter conditions (MDRRO004) DREF operation bulletin
CHF 165,927 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Romanian Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to 800 families (3,200 beneficiaries).
Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: Extreme cold and excessive snowfall in the past two weeks have caused many problems in the south-eastern regions of Romania. On 10th February, more than 310 villages were reported to be totally isolated because of the snow. Governmental institutions are still working on clearing the roads from snow.
The Romanian Red Cross has undertaken to respond immediately by meeting the basic needs of the vulnerable population through the distribution of hot meals, warm clothing and blankets. Several branches of the Red Cross with their rescue teams are providing the necessary items (food, drinks and medicine) to the snow-buried residents.
This operation is expected to be implemented over a period of two months, and will therefore be completed by 14th April 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation, by 14th June 2012.