Explosion Emergency Appeal n° MDRCG011

Situation Report
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This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,238,920 in cash, kind, or services to support the Congolese Red Cross to assist 13,800 beneficiaries (2,760 families) for 8 months, and will be completed by the end of November 2012. A Final Report will be available by February 2013 (three months after the end of the operation).

CHF 95,607 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Un-earmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

Summary: On 4 March 2012 a fire caused a series of explosions in the arms depot of the Congolese National Army in Brazzaville resulting in the devastation of the surrounding neighbourhoods and 246 deaths, up to 2,200 people injured, and the displacement of an estimated 13,800 people. Reports indicated that hospitals in Brazzaville are overcrowded with the injured and do not have sufficient capacity to manage the increased caseload. The most affected localities are 55 and 59. Other affected areas include districts 51, 53 and 56 in borough 5 of Ouenzé, as well as districts 61, 62, 64, 65, 63 and 66 in borough 6 of Talangaï.

Volunteers from the Congolese Red Cross helped to transport the wounded to hospitals in the immediate aftermath of the disaster with the support of Red Cross Red Crescent Movement partners including IFRC. Funds were released from IFRC’s DREF to support the National Society in conducting an assessment to evaluate further appropriate response as well as the rapid distribution of non-food relief items.

The emergency appeal will enable an expanded response by providing needed emergency shelter, emergency health and care, water and sanitation and hygiene, as well as early recovery and disaster risk reduction. This operation will be implemented over a period of 8 months and will be completed in November, 2012. A final report will made be available three months after the end of the operation, by February, 2013.