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Burundi: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBI006

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CHF 29,829 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 137 households. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Between 20 March and 3 April 2011, heavy rains were experienced in Bujumbura Capital and subsequent flooding affected the three communes of Ngagara, Cibitoke and Kinama. An estimated 137 families’ houses were damaged. In Sabe Area in Ngagara Commune, 30 cases of cholera were reported.

The Burundi Red Cross Society (BRCS) branch Emergency Brigade Teams carried out an assessment, where non-food items were identified as the most immediate need, along with shelter, as well as disinfection equipment to prevent the risk of further cholera outbreaks. Red Cross volunteers have already been mobilized to disseminate hygiene messages in Sabe area where the cholera cases were reported.

This operation will support provision of the essential non food items and shelter, as well as targeted disinfection and hygiene promotion activities aimed at preventing the spread of cholera and other water-borne diseases.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 1 month, and will therefore be completed by 15 May 2011. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation, by 15 August 2011.

The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, 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 Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions.

Details of all contributions to the DREF for 2010 can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2010.pdf and for 2011 on: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2011.pdf