Angola

Angola: Floods - DREF Bulletin no. MDRAO002

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In Brief

This DREF Bulletin is being issued based on the situation described below reflecting the information available at this time. CHF 90,764 (USD 74,397 or EUR 56,463) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to respond to the needs in this operation. This operation is expected to be implemented over 5 months, and will be completed by 30 June 2007; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

This operation is aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

Background and current situation

Since 21 January 2007, Angola's capital city Luanda has been experiencing heavy rains which caused damage to infrastructure and displaced thousands of people. Five municipalities of Luanda Province were affected, according to the preliminary information received from the Angolan Civil Protection Department. It is estimated that 3,000 families are without shelter since houses were destroyed by flooding from heavy rains. On 25 January 2007, at the Cacuaco Municipality coordination meeting, it was reported that 60 people had died, 11 are missing, and 400 families have lost all personal belongings in Cacuaco municipality, which is one of the worst affected. A total of nine suburbs (barrios) in Cacuaco are severely affected and these are also the areas in which most of the cholera cases have been reported since the outbreak in February 2006. The Ministry of health has warned that the cholera outbreak might spread due to flooding from the heavy rains. Kilamba Kiaxi another municipality of Luanda is estimated to be 40% underwater, and a high number of cholera cases are reported.

Several roads were submerged while bridges to and from Kalimba Kiaxa, Cacuaco, Samba and Ingombota municipalities are impassable. The communication link between Cacuaco and Luanda City is completely disrupted. Some cars were swept away to the ocean and some with the people inside and were floating 200-300 meters in the water.

The government is combining efforts with humanitarian agencies in providing temporary shelter for affected families. These efforts are being challenged by the persistent heavy rains. The government is using helicopters to deliver food to affected communities, assisted by the police and army. Assessments are being conducted from thehelicopter aerial view. However, due to the evolving situation statistical information has not been fully evaluated as full assessments on the situation have not been completed because of the incessant rain, and many areas remain inaccessible. In the interim, the government is planning to relocate all the affected families.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Angola: Warter Bombo Guange Quifica, Secretary General, Secretary General, Angola Red Cross, Luanda ; Email: cruzvermelha@netangola.com; Phone: +244.2.33.39.91; Fax: +244.2.39.11.70

In Angola: Martin Acosta, Programme Coordinator, Angola Delegation, Luanda; Email: martin.acosta@ifrc.org; Phone: + 244.222.372.868; Fax: +244.222.372.868

In Zimbabwe: Françoise Le Goff, Federation Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation, Harare; Email: francoise.legoff@ifrc.org; Phone: +263.4.70.61 55; 263.4.72.03.15; Fax: +263.4.70.87.84

In Geneva: John Roche, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Dept., Geneva; Email: john.roche@ifrc.org; Phone: +41.22.730.44.40, Fax: +41.22.733.03.95

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

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