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Azerbaijan: Floods DREF Operation No. MDRAZ001 Update n° 1

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The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 124,836 (USD 120,977 or EUR 82,665) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 1,200 people. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged. This report covers the period from 30 September 2009 to 31 December 2009.

Summary: On 21 September 2009 heavy rainfall caused flooding of hundreds of houses and roads in central parts of Azerbaijan. The Hajigabul district has been the most affected wi t h some 70 per cent of the territory flooded and more than 5,000 people affected. Some 2,300 houses were damaged or destroyed. The Azerbaijan Red Crescent has provided food and non-food relief items to 300 families or 1,200 persons in the village of Navahi.

Following the distribution, a beneficiary satisfaction survey was conducted.

The operation was extended by one month as logistic procedures took more time than expected.1 This caused delays in the distributions. The operation was thus completed by 31 December, 2009. A final report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 31 March, 2010).