Programme Update no. 2

Situation Report
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This report covers the period 1 July 2011 to 30 October 2011.

In brief

Programme outcome In line with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Strategy 2020 and Cambodian Red Cross (CRC) vision and goals in its own Strategic Plan 2011-2020, the IFRC country office in Cambodia supports CRC in “doing more, doing better and reaching further”.

Programme summary

This programme update provides information on the activities implemented by the Cambodian Red Cross (CRC), in the frame of the Federation Secretariat support plan for 2011. Heavy rains and overflow of the Mekong river since the second week of August 2011 affected 18 provinces out of Cambodia‟s 24 provinces with Kandal, Kampong Thom, Prey Veng and Kampong Cham the hardest hit.

These floods were the worst to hit Cambodia since 2000 and in terms of the proportion of the total population affected, Cambodia was the hardest hit among Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam and Lao PDR.

Most affected communities were in rural areas and difficult to access. Food insecurity has been a growing concern among the 1.2 million affected people. Up to 46,403 families were evacuated, but have now returned to their homes.

CRC has been active in assisting communities affected by floods since mid-August. By the end of October,

CRC had helped 304,321 people. In terms of IFRC response in support of CRC, a Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocation for CHF 308,000 was launched on 13 October. Some 7,450 families were assisted over a period of three months. The DREF sum is in addition to CRC‟s domestic fundraising efforts and donations from various partners.