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Central America: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDR43004 Operations Update No. 3

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Situation Report
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Glide No. FL-2008-000198-HND, NIC, BLZ, GTM

Period covered by this Operations Update: 30 December 2008 to 3 April 2009

Revised Appeal Budget: CHF 1,469,778 (USD 1,288,657 or EUR 970,663).

Appeal coverage:

The appeal coverage figure reflected in the attached interim financial is of 98 per cent. However, this percentage includes the DREF funds which were initially allocated to the emergency operation. The International Federation will shortly reimburse CHF 214,893 to the DREF. It will not be possible to reimburse the DREF contributions in their entirety in order be in a position to comply with commitments made by the National Societies with suppliers. Therefore, the current appeal coverage, taking into account the revised budget figure and including the partial reimbursement of DREF allocations is, in fact, of 83 per cent.

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 24 October 2008 for CHF 1,110,911 (USD 1,015,550 or EUR 707,586); for nine months to assist 30,000 beneficiaries.

- CHF 271,000 (USD 247,715 or EUR 172,611) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 October 2008 to support the National Societies.

- CHF 119,300 (USD 109,049 or EUR 75,987) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 28 October 2008 to support the National Society of Belize in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,000 beneficiaries.

- On 31 October 2008, the budget was revised to CHF 1,513,927 CHF (USD 1,388,924 or EUR 970,466) for nine months to reach 32,000 beneficiaries.

- On 1 April 2009, the budget was revised (due to the appeal coverage) to CHF 1,469,778 (USD 1,288,657 or EUR 970,663), for nine months to reach 32,000 beneficiaries.

Summary: Throughout the months of October, November and December, 2008, heavy rainfall affected Central America, especially Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua, causing extensive flooding. Approximately 330,000 people were affected in these countries. Houses and public infrastructure were damaged and crops were lost. This Operations Update n=B0 3 reflects updated information on the relief activities accomplished by the National Societies of the affected countries. The National Societies of Belize, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua supported timely and appropriate response, through the delivery of essential emergency relief items, and several completed damage and needs assessments for early recovery activities. The relief phase is set to be completed by mid April 2009.

This emergency appeal included specific water and sanitation, shelter, early recovery and National Society capacity-building activities. The water and sanitation objective was funded by bilateral contributions in some countries and after damage and need assessments were completed, it was decided shelter activities were no longer required. The remaining objectives could not be completed as planned, due to low appeal coverage. This operations update also includes a revised appeal budget to reflect better the financial scenario of this operation.

This emergency appeal included specific water and sanitation, shelter, early recovery and National Society capacity-building activities. The water and sanitation objective was funded by bilateral contributions in some countries and after damage and need assessments were completed, it was decided shelter activities were no longer required. The remaining objectives could not be completed as planned, due to low appeal coverage. This operations update also includes a revised appeal budget to reflect better the financial scenario of this operation.

The International Federation would like to thank the institutions who have kindly contributed to this appeal: the Italian and Swedish governments, as well as Participating National Societies (the American Red Cross, the British Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross, the Finnish Red Cross, the Japanese Red Cross and the Netherlands Red Cross Societies).

This operation is expected to be implemented over 9 months, and will therefore be completed by 30 July 2009; a Final Report will be made available by 30 October 2009 (three months after the end of the operation).