Cameroon: Floods - Emergency appeal n° MDRCM014, final report

Period covered by this Final Report Preliminary final report: September 2012 to September 2013.

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,397,120

Appeal history:

  • This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 28 September 2012 for CHF 1,637,314 for 12 months to assist 25,000 beneficiaries.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 299,707 was initially allocated from the Federation’s DREF to support the national society to respond.

  • Operations Update No 1 was issued on19 November 2012 to highlight the achievements since the beginning of the operation.

  • A revised emergency appeal was published on February 19, 2013, reducing the budget from CHF 1,637,314 to CHF1, 552,349. The revision reduced the target number of emergency beneficiaries and added recovery and livelihood activities;

  • A 6-month update was published on 3 July, 2013, providing a summary of the operations achievements for the last 6 months, adjusting the budget to a more realistic level and thus reducing it to CHF1, 397,120.

Summary: In response to the heavy rains of August 2012 that led to flooding in the northern regions (North and Far North) of Cameroon that washed away farmlands, livestock, houses, household items, and even led to the loss of some lives, a DREF operation was initiated to provide assistance to the affected populations of these regions. Considering the magnitude of the situation, this DREF was upgraded into an emergency appeal, since 15,720 people were displaced in the North and 18,178 in the Far North Region, thus, giving it the magnitude of a major disaster. Response activities were planned in the areas of emergency shelter provision and distribution of non-food items (NFIs) to 3,166 affected families, building of flood-resistant houses for 550 homeless families, emergency health and care activities, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities, disaster preparedness and risk reduction activities among others. Central Africa Regional Representation (CARREP) staff and Cameroon Red Cross (CRC) volunteers were deployed to implement these activities on the ground. So far, 22,095 people (6,265 for shelter and 15,830 for NFIs) have been reached with emergency shelter and basic household item distributions, 20,700 people with emergency health interventions, and 20,000 with water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities. Through this operation, the living conditions of a majority of victims have, therefore, been improved upon, and their level of vulnerability to floods reduced. Some measure of dignity has also been restored among this hitherto destitute population.