Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda: Hurricane Earl; DREF Operation Final Report (MDRAG002)

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Summary: 51,127 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent's (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 10 September 2010 to support the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society (ARCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 105 families.

Hurricane Earl impacted the northern Leeward Islands, affecting Antigua and Barbuda producing localized flooding and heavily impacting the agricultural and fishing sectors. An estimated 1,000 families were affected by floods and heavy winds. The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross Society was able to assist 105 families affected by the floods and heavy winds.

Immediate emergency relief materials for houses damaged by the floods were distributed to assist 20 families. In addition, similar to the 2008 DREF operation following Hurricane Omar, the National Society provided vouchers for families whose fishing traps were destroyed and then presented them with 2 rolls of fish pot wire. A total of 85 fisherfolk received 2 wire rolls each to replace their lost fishing traps.

The people reached were fisherfolk that had their livelihoods drastically affected by the passing of Hurricane Earl. While farmers received assistance from the government of Antigua and Barbuda, the ARCS assisted the fishermen in recovering their means of support.

All activities were successfully carried out, and this report is final in terms of narrative and financials. The operation is now closed, with a final balance of 2,121 Swiss francs unspent and returned to DREF.

The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp