A total of 23,986 Swiss francs (22,379 US dollars or 16,340 euros) have been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to deploy two Regional Intervention Team (RIT) members to affected Red Cross Societies, to perform initial damage and needs assessments and provide support to the National Societies of Barbados, Grenada, Guyana, Saint Lucia, and Trinidad and Tobago as a result of the effects of the drought. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: Since January 2010 several Caribbean countries have been experiencing severe water shortages due to the lack of rain which is also affecting the agricultural sector. The Caribbean Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology in Saint James, Barbados, has issued drought alerts for the south-eastern Caribbean. This DREF operation will enable the RITs deployed to carry out detailed assessments to evaluate food and water related issues and work with the Red Cross Societies on their potential response.
This operation is expected to be implemented over two months, and will therefore be completed by 18 April 2010; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 18 July 2010).