Republic of Congo: Floods in Pointe Noire DREF operation n° MDRCG012

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Summary: CHF 111,738 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Congolese Red Cross National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 405 families, i.e. 2,025 beneficiaries. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

On the night of 17 to 18 November, 2012, heavy rains hit Pointe Noire, the second largest city in the Republic of Congo, causing severe flooding of unprecedented magnitude during the last ten years.
To date, no official figures are available, and considering the situation on the ground, it is difficult to accurately assess the scope and needs of the affected populations. Currently five deaths have been recorded.

The Congolese Red Cross (CRC) volunteers have identified 405 displaced families (2,025 persons), whose houses have either been engulfed by floodwaters or completely destroyed. These families have been relocated to two evacuation centres set up by the Congolese Government. A rapid assessment of their needs revealed that the displaced families need emergency shelter, basic household items, access to safe water and sanitation, and reduction of increased health risks.

With this DREF, the CRC intends to provide essential emergency shelter and basic household items to the displaced families at the evacuation centres and conduct an in-depth assessment of the situation in order to identify appropriate actions to be taken. For now, the National Society has already deployed 200 volunteers to Pointe Noire to help evacuate people trapped in their houses.

This operation is expected to be implemented over one (1) months, and will inform of further actions to be taken. As it currently stands this operation will be completed by 29 December 2012; a final report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 29 March, 2013).