Summary: CHF 111,738 was initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 30 November 2012 to support the Congolese Red Cross in delivering assistance to some 405 families (2,025 beneficiaries). After an in-depth assessment conducted by the National Society at the end of December 2012, this DREF was revised and a second allocation of CHF 156,252 was provided to meet the needs of additional beneficiaries, resulting in a total allocation of CHF 267,990 to assist 1,181 families (5,875 beneficiaries). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Torrential rainfall that hit Pointe Noire caused severe flooding of unprecedented magnitude on 17 to 18 November 2012, resulting in extensive material damage as well as injury and deaths.
A cholera outbreak also ensued, following the break down in water, hygiene and sanitation amenities. Relief actions were undertaken by about 100 trained Congolese Red Cross (CRC) volunteers, under the supervision of various resource persons deployed from IFRC’s Central Africa regional office. These actions included search and rescue activities, identification of a total of 1,181 families (5,875 persons) in need of emergency assistance; relocation of affected people to evacuation centres, arrangements for their lodging in evacuation sites, provision of emergency shelter and basic household items, distribution of food to affected families, purification of contaminated wells, disinfection of latrines, and water, hygiene and sanitation promotion activities. CRC volunteers also provided multifaceted assistance to families of cholera-infected and affected persons. Through these activities, the affected families were able to regain some measure of comfort and dignity, though the cholera epidemic still posed a huge challenge that was later brought under control.