Costa Rica: Floods (MDRCR016) Emergency Appeal

This Emergency Appeal seeks a total of some 1,523,001 Swiss francs to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Costa Rican Red Cross (CRRC) to deliver assistance and support to some 24,000 people for six months, with a focus on the following areas of focus and strategies of implementation: livelihoods and basic needs (including multipurpose/unconditional cash transfer programming); health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); restoring family links (RFL), disaster risk reduction (DRR) and National Society capacity building. The planned response reflects the current situation and information available at this time of the evolving operation, and will be adjusted based on further developments and more detailed assessments. Details are available in the Emergency Plan of Action (EPoA) <click here>

The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date

21 September- 6 October 2017: A zone of intertropical convergence, Tropical Wave No. 42 and the formation of Tropical Wave No.16, develops into Tropical Storm Nate causing flooding in Costa Rica.

4 to 5 October: The cumulative rainfall exceeds 400 mm in Guanacaste, while the cumulative rainfall ranged from 150 to 250 mm in some sectors of the Central Valley, leading to oversaturation of the soil in the affected areas. 5 October 2017: The CRRC Emergency Response and Risk Management Unit activated the CRRC’s National Emergency Operations Centre (NEOC).

12 October 2017: The IFRC issues an Emergency Appeal for 1,523,001 Swiss francs and allocates 316,177 Swiss francs from the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the CRRC to assist 24,000 people for six months.