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West and Central Africa: Flood Preparedness and Response - Appeal Extension for Central African Republic Operations Emergency Appeal No. MDR61003 Operations Update No. 03

Situation Report
Originally published


This Emergency Appeal has been extended to the end of March, 2009, to cover response activities in the Central African Republic (CAR) and other countries in Central Africa as needs arise. There is no budget extension to the appeal as all activities can be included in the existing budget. Period covered by this update: 8 October to 18 November, 2008.

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,082,233 (USD 989,244 or EUR 689,320).

Appeal coverage: 58%

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 11 July 2008 for CHF 750,000 for 2 months to assist 47,500 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 483,047 was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the National Societies and contingency stocks.

- Operations Update no. 1 was issued on 14 August, 2008.

- The Appeal was revised and extended on 11 September 2008, bringing the overall appeal budget to CHF 1,082,233 (USD 983,845 or EUR 670,111), and extending the operation through the end of November 2008.

- The Appeal was again revised on 4 December to extend the operation to the end of March 2009.

Summary: Climate predictions of especially heavy rains for the 2008 rainy season in West Africa were realized, with rainfall reaching 500 mm per day and flooding affecting river bank regions in Togo, Benin, Senegal, Gambia and Liberia. The climate forecasts now predict heavier than normal precipitation for certain zones of Central Africa for the months of October-December 2008. These heavy rains have already begun to appear, particular in the Central African Republic (CAR). This appeal therefore is being extended to support the National Society in the CAR and others in the Central Africa region to respond to flooding as additional countries are affected.

Additional countries are affected by smaller-scale flooding. Serious flooding has also affected Cameroon and Chad and a separate appeal was launched for these two countries to assist 1,290 families in Chad and 2,946 in Cameroon. The emergency stocks in Yaoundé provided by that appeal has been used to support these National Societies.

The Red Cross Society of the CAR, with support from the International Federation, has been providing humanitarian assistance to 795 beneficiaries affected by the floods caused by the torrential rainfall during August, September and October. The National Society has procured non-food items (NFI) and has mobilized its volunteers and staff in the affected communities to distribute the items to the most vulnerable families. To prevent the potential outbreak of epidemics, trained Red Cross volunteers have been carrying out health education and good hygiene practice dissemination in the target communities.

This appeal has been extended to the end of March 2009; a Final Report will be made available by the end of June 2009 (three months after the end of the operation).