Summary: 299,846 Swiss francs have been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 12 March 2013 to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries.
During the second week of January, the seasonal rains in Bolivia intensified and continued to fall throughout February, slowly affecting the entire country. As consequence of the rains, several floods, hail storms, and overflowing of rivers affected 67 municipalities in eight departments.
In response to this situation, the Bolivian Red Cross (BRC) designed a humanitarian emergency intervention that reached 2,000 families with food kits, of which 635 families were also assisted with the reactivation of their livelihoods. As part of the strategy, 323 farmers received technical training on soil management, organic production (planting techniques and seed administration), crop rotation and pest management, among others. As a result, some 953.5 hectares and 127,000 square metres of family gardens were reactivated with DREF support. This operation was completed with the support of two RIT (Regional Intervention Team) members, from the Mexican Red Cross and the Paraguayan Red Cross, who assisted with the use of Mega V distribution software and with the livelihood technical support. In partnership with Euronews, a video of the disaster and the Red Cross operation was broadcasted, which can be found on http://www.euronews.com/2013/05/24/bolivia-tupiza-after-the-floods/
The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to the generous contributions of the Belgian Red Cross and government, the Canadian Red Cross and government and DG ECHO for the allocation made to this operation to replenish the DREF. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, the Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the ￼￼￼ The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters. ￼￼Members of the Bolivian Red Cross receive training on livelihoods in order to better assist 635 families with their lost crops. Source: Bolivian Red Cross ￼Medtronic and Z Zurich foundations, and other corporate and private donors. Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/disaster-management/responding/disaster-response-system/financial- instruments/disaster-relief-emergency-fund-dref/