Romania: Extreme winter conditions (MDRRO003) - DREF Operation Update No. 1
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.
During the DREF operation, the Romanian Red Cross distributed relief items to the targeted 800 families (3,200 beneficiaries). Above the DREF contribution, as a result of the fundraising campaign launched by the Romanian Red Cross Society, 94 tons of food and bottled water was collected and distributed to the affected counties with the help of the government authorities. Relief items including blankets, sleeping bags, beds, heaters and wood stoves were distributed from the central and regional warehouses and reached a total of 7,300 beneficiaries in 11 counties. Vrancea, Buzau, Ialomita, Giurgiu, Tulcea, Calarasi, Teleorman, Mehedinti, Caras-Severin, Ilfov, and Prahova.
Due to delays with the procurement procedures for the replenishment of its stocks, the Romanian Red Cross has requested an extension of the timeframe until May 25th for completing the operations.
The major donors and partners of the DREF operation in Romania include the Australian, the American and the Belgian Governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Government, the Danish Red Cross and the Danish Government, the European Commission
s Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian Governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg Government, the Monaco Red Cross and the Monaco Government, the Netherlands Red Cross and the Netherlands Government, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian Government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and the Swedish Government, the United Kingdoms Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. On behalf of the Romanian Red Cross Society, the IFRC would like to extend their thanks to all of them for their generous contributions.