Central African Republic: Floods Emergency appeal no. MDRCF006 Operations update no. 2

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GLIDE n=B0 FL-2009-000129-CAF

Period covered by this Ops Update: 18 August to 20 October, 2009;

Appeal target (current): CHF 805,260 (USD 777,728 or EUR 532,262);

Appeal coverage: 19%;

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 6 August 2009 for CHF 805,260 (USD 777,728 or EUR 532,262) for 6 months to assist over 6,000 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 35,302 was initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the Central African Red Cross Society (CARCS) to respond.

Summary: Since 17 July 2009, the Government of the Central African Republic (CAR), the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement present in Bangui (CARCS, ICRC and the International Federation), Partner National Societies (PNS) like the French Red Cross, local companies, embassies, United Nations (UN) agencies and other Non-governmental Organizations (NGOs) have been making joint efforts to assist the flood-affected persons in Bangui by providing financial, material and technical resources to reduce the impact of floods. The Government has made available three secured sites that are not liable to flooding. The first site is in the second subdivision of Bangui and can host 110 families; the second is on the premises of the agricultural council and can host at least 300 families, and the third is in the 6th subdivision of Bangui, the Kolongo Villa that can host at least 1,200 families.

The first two sites have been provided for the displaced people to be accommodated, and the third one is pending availability of funding. Presently, 381 families i.e. over 2,667 people are accommodated in the two first mentioned sites. Due to the available funding not being sufficient for the operation (19% of the emergency appeal budget has been covered so far); the International Federation identified some crucial activities that have all been carried out. These activities included the servicing of the sites, the construction of 284 shelters, the distribution of food and Non-Food Items (NFI) to some 7,000 flood-affected people, over 160 m3 of safe water daily distributed. The promotion of hygiene and sanitation activities conducted. Although many of the planned activities are yet to be carried out, the action in the field has stopped due to lack of funding.