Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRBF008 Operations Update No. 3 (Appeal Revision)

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Appeal target (current) CHF 2,765,053 (USD 2,741,205 or EUR 1,829,586) in cash, kind, or services to support the Burkinabe Red Cross National Society to assist 8,000 families for 06 months, and will be completed by the end of April, 2010. A Final Report will be made available by May, 2010 (three months after the end of the operation).

The Appeal budget is being increased - with this revised appeal - to CHF 5,115,683 (USD 5,071,560 or EUR 3,384,955

Appeal coverage: 93%;

Appeal history:

- This preliminary Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 9 September 2009 for CHF 2.7m for 6 months to assist 8,000 families.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 was initially allocated on a regional basis from the Federation's DREF to support the National Society to respond.

- An Operations Update with focus on the Field Assessment and Coordination Teams (fact) and Emergency Response Units (ERUs) has been issued on 28 September, 2009.

Summary: During the night of 31 August to 01 September, 263,3mm of rain fell over a 12-hour period. This event was unforeseen and exceptional for the month of August, catching the population completely off guard in and around the capital Ouagadougou. According to the initial assessment data provided by CORESUR (Provincial Council of Emergency Relief and Rehabilitation), the number of people severely affected by the flooding was between 109,000 and 150,000 (representing 10% of the population of the capital). The floods affected all five districts of Ouagadougou Commune (Bogodogo, Baskuy, Signoghin, Boulmiougou, and Nongremasson) and the neighbouring villages. Consequently, homes were flooded, or damaged; the dams overflowed, as did the gutters flooding the main arteries of the city. The affected population sought refuge in public facilities such as schools and other public buildings (Emergency Centres); host families and friends welcomed others, while others remained on their property to preserve what remained of their belongings. Between 01 and 20 September, over 50,000 people affected by the flooding were living in 97 Emergency Centres while an estimated 15,000 people affected were sheltered by host families and friends. The 12 other provinces of Burkina Faso also received heavy rain on the night of 31 August to 01 September and initial assessments by the BRCS show that 19,000 people were affected.