Costa Rica: Earthquake - DREF Operation Update no. 1 (MDRCR010)

Summary: 52,498 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC’s DREF to support the Costa Rican Red Cross (CRRC) to carry out damage and needs assessments and in delivering immediate assistance to some 100 families.

On the morning of 5 September 2012, an earthquake of magnitude 7.6 on the Richter scale struck Costa Rica off the coast of the Nicoya Peninsula, one of the strongest earthquakes ever felt in the country. With the support of the DREF allocation, the National Society was able to conduct detailed assessments in coordination with the Costa Rican governmental authorities, assist with pre-hospital care for 222 persons, and conduct a psychosocial support intervention with 1,549 persons in the affected areas. As damages to homes and structures were not severe, the CRRC will not complete any distribution of relief items or cash vouchers. However, the National Society continues with the health activities to ensure more people in the affected areas, particularly the children, have access to more psychosocial support in order to cope with the emotional consequences of the strong earthquake.

This operation is expected to be implemented in three months, and completed by December 2012. In line with IFRC reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) is due 90 days after the end of the operation (by 7 March 2013).