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Caribbean: Tropical Storm Noel Appeal No. MDR49002 Operations Update No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published



Period covered by this Operations Update: 14 December to 29 January 2008.

Previous appeal target: CHF 1,462,103 (USD 1,261,521 or EUR 873,941).

Revised budget: CHF 1,725,000 (USD 1,543,586 or EUR 1,045,897) for 6 months to assist 52,995 beneficiaries.

Appeal coverage: 98%

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 1 November 2007 for CHF 785,000 (USD 677,308 or EUR 469,217) for 6 months to assist 15,000 beneficiaries.

- A total of CHF 480,000 (USD 414,150 or EUR 286,909) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the operation (CHF 230,000 for the Dominican Republic, CHF 150,000 for Haiti and CHF 100,000 for the Bahamas).

- The appeal was revised on 7 November to CHF 1,462,103 (USD 1,261,521 or EUR 873,941) for 6 months to assist 52,995 beneficiaries (10,599 families). Included here is an increase of an additional 2,000 families affected by tropical storm Olga in the Dominican Republic which has been facilitated by bilateral contributions.

- This Operations Update features a second revised budget to CHF 1,725,000 (USD 1,543,586 or EUR 1,045,897).


Substantial progress has been made during the reporting period in ensuring that emergency assistance reaches those most affected by tropical storm Noel which struck the Dominican Republic, Haiti, the Bahamas and Cuba from 29 October to 2 November 2007. The National Societies of the countries concerned in coordination with the Pan American Disaster Response Unit of the International Federation, have worked together to assess, procure and, in most cases, deliver emergency relief items to those most in need. Under this appeal, 7,176 families have received emergency relief items, including hygiene kits, kitchen sets, mosquito nets and tarpaulins, as well as additional vital support including food parcels, buckets, jerry cans and blankets. In health, 16,116,550 litres of clean drinking water has been distributed benefiting 14,124 families and 959 people have received medical assistance.

Whilst progress towards meeting the appeal's objectives is clearly solid, there are naturally variations in the level of response provided in each country given each country's particular needs and structural factors. Distributions have been completed successfully in the Bahamas and in Haiti, and are underway in the Dominican Republic with additional assistance in the pipeline. The operation in Cuba, however, has experienced some delays, given limitations in local markets to supply all of the required relief items, however, it is foreseen that distributions will commence shortly.

Advances in recovery are also now visible in the affected countries, with rehabilitation and clearing work having commenced in varying degrees. However, it is clear that much remains to be done to ensure that local affected populations recover from the ravaging effects of Noel, as well as being supported in their preparedness for future emergencies.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Panama: Dario Alvarez, Acting Head of PADRU; e-mail; phone (507) 316 1001; Fax (507) 316 1082.

In Trinidad and Tobago: Tanya Wood, Representative of the Caribbean Regional Representation, Port of Spain; email; phone (868)624 1557; fax (868)627 9627.

In Dominican Republic: Rafael Olaya, Federation Representative for Cuba, Dominican Republic and Haiti; e-mail:

In Panama: Maria Alcazar; Zone Relationship Management Coordinator; email; phone (507) 317 1300; fax (507)317 1304.

In Geneva: Pablo Medina, Operations Coordinator Americas Zone; email; phone (41 22) 730 42 74; Fax (41 22) 733 03 95.