Summary: CHF 218,932 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), to support the Red Cross Society of Bosnia and Herzegovina in delivering assistance to some 1,450 families (5,800 beneficiaries), or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Due to the heavy rains in Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Republika Srpska and Montenegro, the water level in river Drina was on a steady increase since 1st December until 3rd December 2010, with water spilling out of the river beds and flooding the houses, buildings and agricultural land in twenty six municipalities. Overall, 20,000 people or 5,806 households had been affected by the floods including more than 5,818 people evacuated from different areas of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Red Cross of Bosnia and Herzegovina reacted immediately targeting the people whose level of vulnerability directed urgent response. Approximately 5,800 people were assisted. Through its local branches the National Society conducted rapid assessment of needs in all the affected municipalities and reacted accordingly by distributing essential food and non food items for the most vulnerable families, therefore reducing adverse health effects and ensuring appropriate food intake. By providing safe water and ensuring optimum hygiene conditions, the risk of waterborne and water related diseases in communities was significantly reduced. The funds provided by the Federation DREF also covered replenishment of the emergency stocks of the National Society while assisting with the dehumidifying of the flooded facilities and helping the affected population to return their homes.
The Spanish Agency for International Cooperation for Disaster (AECID) contributed CHF 76,726 and Canadian Government contributed CHF 37,882 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp.