Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRBF008 (Revised)

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GLIDE no. FL-2009-000172-BFA

This revised Emergency Appeal now seeks CHF 3,500,000 (USD 3.3m or EUR 2.3m) in cash, kind, or services to support the Burkinabe Red Cross Society (BRCS) to assist 8,000 families for 6 months. The operation will be extended by one month, to be completed by the end of March, 2010. A Final Report will be made available by June, 2010 (three months after the end of the operation).

The budget has been increased to include the recovery phase of reconstruction in line with the latest government strategy in relocating most of the flood victims to permanent green land sites on the outskirts of Ouagadougou City where most of the infrastructure is to be provided.

Appeal coverage: 81%

Appeal history:

- This Preliminary Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 9 September 2009 for CHF 2.765,053 million for six months to assist 8,000 families.

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

- Two Operations Updates were issued: the first on 21 September 2009, and the second on 28 September 2009. Both focused on the findings of Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) and Emergency Response Units (ERUs).

Summary: Unprecedented rainfall of 1 September in Ouagadougou left more than 150,000 people affected with nearly two thirds of them made homeless. Initially, the affected sought refuge in temporary shelter in schools and public sites. The Burkina Red Cross Society (BRCS) responded immediately by mobilising its volunteers from the initial assessment phase all through to the implementation of the relief operation.

After the completion of the assessment phase and the revision of the initial plan of action, BRCS, with the support of the International Federation which include both FACT and ERU, carried out the relief phase 1 and 2 of its operation. These phases consisted in distributing Non-Food Items (NFIs), installing sanitations facilities and supporting the relocation of beneficiaries in the temporary shelter on sites provided by the government. The operation also reinforced the water distribution network and the promotion of hygiene activities. The Implementation over the reporting period faced delays due to changes in the government's strategy and the BRCS had to adjust to this in its auxiliary role. There has been steady progress in terms of results despite some confusion at the early stages among agencies due not only to the complexity of the disaster affecting an urban setting and the local authorities taking a lead and not allowing independent action.