Afghanistan: Floods - Emergency appeal n° MDRAF001 Operation update n°3

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 September to 5 December 2012

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,017,115

Appeal coverage: To date, the appeal is 87 per cent covered in cash and kind. Funds are needed to support the Afghan Red Crescent Society in this operation to assist those affected by the floods and to replenish depleted stocks of relief items held by ARCS and IFRC.

Appeal history:

· A revised appeal was launched on 14 August 2012 for CHF 1,017,115 for six months to be completed by 5 December 2012 to assist 2,000 families (14,000 individuals).

· A preliminary emergency appeal was initially launched on 6 June 2012 for CHF 1,186,873 for six months to assist 14,000 beneficiaries (2,000 households).

· Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 213,000 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

Heavy rains in May resulted in flash flooding in the northern Afghan province of Sar-e-Pol. A total of 18,000 people were affected by the floods. The Afghan Red Crescent Society (ARCS), with support from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), responded to the needs of the affected population through provision of health care and sanitation services as well as distribution of shelter and other non-food items. The distribution of non-food items has since been completed.

Emergency health care was provided during the first phase of the operation. A total of 2,043 patients were treated by the ARCS’s mobile health teams (MHT) and a further 3,170 people were reached through education and hygiene promotion activities.

Non-food items were made available to other flood-affected localities in northern Afghanistan during June and July 2012. In July 2012, flash flooding occurred in Kabul city and the IFRC provided non-food items for 111 families as part of ARCS’s response. In other areas, IFRC has provided replenishment stocks to ARCS branches that have undertaken flood response activities this summer.

The operation is now under review to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and quality of the ARCS/IFRC response to the summer floods, and review outcomes will be made available in the final operations update, due March 2013.