Central African Republic: Local storm DREF operation n° MDRCF014

CHF 294,903 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Central African Republic Red Cross (CAR Red Cross) to provide immediate assistance to some 8,710 beneficiaries (1,314 families). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: On Sunday 4 March 2013, neighbourhoods of the 3rd, 4th and 6th subdivisions of Bangui were ravaged by severe wind storms. The towns of Bimbo and Bouar located some 9 and 450 km respectively from Bangui also experienced heavy rains accompanied by strong winds. Faced with this situation that has caused extensive material damage and left several persons wounded, the CAR Red Cross mobilized 160 volunteers in the affected localities (30 in Bouar, 50 in Bimbo, 30 in the 6th, 30 in the 4th and 20 in the 2nd Subdivisions of Bangui) - who carried out a rapid assessment of the situation. A total of 1,006 families’ houses have been completely destroyed and 308 others whose houses are damaged.

With support from IFRC’s DREF, CAR Red Cross will provide assistance to the affected families through the provision of emergency shelter and non-food items and conduct health and hygiene promotion activities to minimize the potential for outbreaks of diseases. Up to 140 volunteers will be mobilized to support these actions.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will be completed by 30 June 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 30 September 2013.)