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IOM Receives CERF Funds to Assist Families Affected by Floods in Northern Chile

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Chile - The IOM mission in Chile has received USD 338,220 from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide humanitarian assistance to families affected by floods in Northern Chile, which occurred in late March.

Through CERF funding, IOM in close coordination with Chile’s Ministry of Interior and Public Security and the National Emergency Office (ONEMI) will facilitate the return of displaced families in the northern municipalities of Diego de Almagro, Chanaral, Earth Amarilla and Copiapo, and will provide emergency assistance to vulnerable people who are currently living with host families and in temporary shelters.

IOM will lead the activities of identification, registration and referral of the affected families and provide emergency assistance, including the distribution of tools for house repairing of 300 families affected, as well as the rehabilitation and cleaning of eight temporary shelters. The assistance also includes the distribution of non-food relief items (NFIs), such as kitchen kits.

The CERF-funded activities will be implemented jointly with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in close coordination with the Chilean Red Cross and Caritas. It will be based on the results of an assessment of damage and needs in the affected region, carried out in collaboration with the Chilean government and the UN Evaluation and Disaster Coordination Team (UNDAC), of which IOM is a part.

According to Norberto Girón, IOM Chile Chief of Mission: "These CERF funds to provide humanitarian assistance to families affected by the floods are important. They will support the recovery of the northern part of the country and allow the continuation of IOM’s work in support of the Government of Chile to respond to this emergency."

According to ONEMI, the floods left 26 people dead, 125 missing and about 160,000 people affected. In addition, 8,325 houses are reported as uninhabitable (6,254 with major damage and 2,071 completely destroyed). Nearly 11,460 houses need to be repaired. Most affected people are currently in host families and 2,527 people are living in schools as temporary shelters.

For further information, please contact Marina Esponda at IOM Chile, Tel. + 56 2 296 33710, Email: mesponda@iom.int