Argentina

Argentina: Floods DREF Operation No. MDRAR006 Update No.1

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Period covered by this update: 3 December to 30 December 2009.

Summary: CHF 230,629 (USD 229,848 or EUR 152,957) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 3 December 2009 to support the Argentine Red Cross (ARC) in delivering assistance to some 944 families.

The Parana and Uruguay Rivers, in the northeast of Argentina overflowed due to heavy rain from the previous month. The floods affected more than 22,000 people from the provinces of Entre Ríos, Chaco and Corrientes. After the completion of damage and needs assessments, the ARC is focusing its efforts on providing the affected people with basic health care, essential relief items, and health and hygiene promotion.

During this reporting period the Argentine Red Cross, through its local branches, has provided psychosocial support and health talks to more than 7,431 people in the cities of Resistencia, Concordia, Concepción del Uruguay and Mercedes.

As a result of savings in the cost of relief items the National Society will be able to reach 1,000 families with basic non-food items.

This operation is expected to be implemented in three months, and will therefore be completed by 2 March 2010. In line with Federation reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) will be made available 90 days after the end of the operation (by 2 June 2010).

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