Russian Federation: Flash Floods (MDRRU015) DREF operation bulletin

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CHF 279,243 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Russian Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to 1,000 families (3,500 people) in Krasnodar Region affected by flash floods. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Flash floods caused by torrential rain have swept the southern Russian Krasnodar Region, killing at least 171 people. The floods struck at night, reportedly without warning. The rains dumped as much as 280 millimetres of water on parts of the Krasnodar Region overnight, forcing many residents to take refuge in trees or on house roofs. 50 millimetres of that torrential rain came down in less than an hour late Friday, the meteorological service said.

According to the assessment conducted by the Russian Red Cross, 1,000 families (3,500 people) are considered to be the worst affected by the floods in the Krasnodar Region of Russia. The local authorities are doing their utmost to stabilize the situation and they have already contacted the Russian Red Cross regional branch, asking for humanitarian aid. The Russian Red Cross Society regional branch has asked for the support of the International Federation in the provision of funds for hygienic kits, bed linen sets, blankets, and pillows to be distributed to the almost 1,000 affected families. The Russian Red Cross possesses the necessary capacity in terms of knowledge and experience to support the affected population with the provision of psycho-social support to the families that have lost their family members and their property and livelihood in order to lessen the psychological effects in the aftermath of the flash floods. However, a regional disaster response team (RDRT) might be considered to be deployed to the field by the International Federation of the Red Cross / Red Crescent Societies depending on the further developments.

With special regard to the requirements of the psycho-social support, this operation is expected to be implemented over 6 months, and will therefore be completed by 11th January 2013. A final report will be made available by 11th April 2013.