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The Caribbean and Mexico: Hurricane Dean Appeal No. MDR49001 Operations Update No. 04

Situation Report
Originally published


Period covered by this Ops Update: 17 October to 13 December, 2007;

Appeal target (current): CHF 2,399,670 (USD 2,146,395 or EUR 1,454,345)

Appeal coverage: 120%

Appeal history:

- A Preliminary Appeal was launched on 22 August 2007 for CHF 1,591,000 (USD 1,321,429 or EUR 964,942) for 6 months to assist 35,000 beneficiaries (7,000 families).

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 150,000 (USD 124,585 or EUR 90,909).

- Appeal revised on 30 August 2007 to CHF 2,399,670 (USD 2,049,249 or EUR 1,445,584) for 9 months to assist 113,530 beneficiaries (22,706 families).

- The timeframe for this operation has been extended to 9 months. Final Report is therefore due on 22 August 2008.

Summary: This Operations Update consolidates information gathered from 17 October to 20 December, 2007. The main focus of this reporting period was the completion of the relief distribution to more than the anticipated 22,706 families (113,530 beneficiaries) in the affected regions of Dominica, Haiti, Jamaica, St. Lucia and Mexico and the start up of recovery activities such as livelihoods support and retrofitting of damaged houses. Work has also continued on developing the psychosocial support and other health activities including prevention of the spread of dengue in some of the affected countries, but this area will be scaled up in the next phase of the operation.

The Appeal has been generously supported, currently standing at 113 percent funded, with an indication of more funds to come in. This support provides a very fortunate position to be able to provide additional support to the NS on the recovery activities and building the preparedness of the affected NS with capacity building support. In order to do this thoroughly, a consultant will be contracted to do a review in January of the current activities and the remaining needs to do a thorough plan of action for this support. While the timeframe of the Appeal has been extended to 9 months, to complete at the end of May, this review may indicate a further extension to enable a thorough recovery support to this operation and ensure the Red Cross Movement builds on the adversity of Dean to have better prepared NS for further disasters that may hit this vulnerable region.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Panama: Dario Alvarez, Acting Head Pan American Disaster Response Unit, Panama; e-mail; phone (507) 316 1001; fax (507) 316 1082

In Panama: Maria Alcazar, Resource Mobilization Coordinator, Americas Zone; e-mail; phone (507) 317 1300; fax (507) 317 1304

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

In Panama: Fabricio Lopez, Acting Representative of the Central America and Mexico Regional Representation Office; email; phone (507)317 1300; fax (507) 317 1304

In Geneva: Pablo Medina, Operations Coordinator, email, phone (4179) 217 3376