A. Situation analysis
Description of the disaster
From January 2017, the Central African Republic (CAR) experienced a series of violent winds in the towns of Kabo, Maka, Bozoum, Bossangoa, Mingala, which received no assistance. Soon after, in March 2017, the towns of Mbaïki, Ndolobo, Ndjoh, Lambi and Bossembelé also faced strong winds following torrential rains. Indeed, the towns located respectively at 107 km, 125 km and 157 km from Bangui suffered significant damage from these strong winds. Some 75 volunteers from the local committees, including 25 from Mbaïki, 15 from Ndolobo, 10 from Lambi, 5 from Ndjoh and 20 from Bossembelé, were deployed to the affected neighbourhoods and started conducting an assessment of the situation while providing first aid to the injured, before evacuating them to the hospital and helping to resettle the most vulnerable in host families. They identified and registered the victims who had completely and partially lost their homes and were homeless.
Initially planned to last for three (3) months, this DREF operation had to be extended by one month for the following reasons:
• The truck transporting items to be delivered through the DREF operation was blocked at the border for two weeks;
• The unstable security situation in CAR delayed activities on the field for several days;
• The transportation of materials was stuck between Mbaïki and Ndolobo because of a collapsed bridge.
In addition, the implementation team realised that the affected populations had urgent needs in the areas of health; Insalubrity and insufficiency of drinking water affected the population; hygiene promotion activities were a dire need for the communities and the consumption of proper drinking water was still very low in the implementation area.
All these delays were exacerbated by a succession of public holidays and negatively impacted the implementation schedule of the operation. As such, an operations update was published on 12 July 2017, setting the new end date on 30 August 2017.
The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID), AECID, the Medtronic and Zurich Foundations and other corporate and private donors. On behalf of the Central African Republic Red Cross (CAR RC), the IFRC would like to extend its gratitude to all partners for their generous contributions.