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Floods DREF operation n° MDRCO009 Update n° 1

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GLIDE n° FL-2011-000170-COL

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

Period covered by this update: 8 December 2011 to 8 February 2012.

Summary: 105,591 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 6 December 2011 to support the Colombian Red Cross Society (CRCS) in delivering assistance to some 2,290 families.

By early December 2011, the rainy season in Colombia, exacerbated by a second year under the influence of the La Niña weather phenomenon, had affected 99,764 families. In addition, the severe weather left 104 persons injured, 21 missing, 114 dead, 695 homes destroyed and 79,616 homes damaged. These figures of affectation increased during the reporting period with affected families reaching almost 200,000, and with 1,213 homes destroyed.

Through this DREF-supported operation, the Colombia Red Cross Society started distribution of relief items to 450 families in the municipalities of Gramalote, Herrán, Ragonvalia (Norte de Santander), Curumaní (César), La Boba, El Tigre, Veracruz and Alfonso López (Chocó). The National Society has also distributed 165,000 litres of safe drinking water in the community of La Calendaria (Atlántico) while improving the sanitation infrastructures in its collective centre, as well as those in the transitional shelter in the municipality of Santa Lucia (Atlántico). Moreover, the CRCS will be setting up three Mobile Health Units (MHU) in the departments of Chocó, Cesar and Norte de Santander between the last week of February and the first week of March. However, due to the severity of damages in the transportation infrastructure of some areas, the National Society experienced some delays to start the intervention; thus, in order to ensured that all activities are completed in a comprehensive manner, the operation will be extended for one additional month. Therefore, this operation is now expected to be implemented in 4 months and completed by April 2012. The Final Report (narrative and financial) will be due in July 2012.