Botswana: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBW002

CHF 184,249 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,459 beneficiaries (591 families). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Between 16 and 23 January 2013, heavy rain caused extensive flooding in the Central Province of Botswana. The flood water damaged houses and public buildings such as schools. It also destroyed infrastructure including roads, flooded crops and swept away livestock. Around 842 families (4,210 persons) have been affected including 300 displaced families and 125 refugee families.

In response to the recent floods, Botswana Red Cross Society (BRCS) immediately mobilized its volunteers and undertook situation and needs assessments, distributed tents, provided temporary shelter, and non food items (NFIs) to the 291 most vulnerable flood-affected families (1,455 persons).

The Botswana Meteorological Service has been forecasting heavy rains which are expected to lead to more flooding in the communities along the rivers of Okavango and Zambezi putting hundreds of families at risk. The United Nations (UN) Office of the Resident Coordinator report has highlighted the need for urgent replenishment of stock in preparedness for impending rains, and meetings have been undertaken between UN, government and BRCS to address the issue of supply shortfall.

This DREF intends to replenish the relief stock distributed as part of the BRCS emergency response in January, which reached 291 families in the worst affected Sub Districts of Tutume and Tonota. Furthermore, due to expected further flooding in Ngamiland and Chobe Districts located along the Okavango and Zambezi rivers, this DREF aims to pre-position stock for 300 families to enable rapid emergency response.

This DREF operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by mid May, 2013. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by mid June 2013).