Cuba: Hurricane Sandy Emergency appeal n° MDRCU002 Operation update n°1

Situation Report
Originally published


Period covered by this Ops Update: 5 to 22 November 2012.

Appeal target (current): Swiss francs: 12,223,402

Appeal coverage: Current coverage of the Appeal stands at approximately 40 per cent only based on the total of in-kind donations, registered and unregistered pledges. Further contributions are urgently needed to help the Cuban Red Cross meet the immediate needs of the most vulnerable people affected by the floods.

· Appeal history:.

· - On 27 October 2012, a Preliminary Emergency Appeal was issued seeking 5,453,221 Swiss francs to support the Cuban Red Cross (CRC) to assist 15,000 families (75,000 beneficiaries) for nine months.

· - 550,000 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Non-earmarked funds to replenish the DREF are encouraged.

· - On 5 November 2012, an Emergency Appeal in the amount of Swiss francs 12,223,402 was issued as a result of the extent of needs reflected in assessments.


The passing of the Hurricane Sandy through the Cuba caused eleven deaths and extensive damage to 200,000 houses, affecting approximately one million people. The Cuban Red Cross aims to provide non-food items to 10,000 families (50,000 people), provide 15,000 families with shelter support and strengthen the response capacity of the National Society. During this reporting period, four charter flights with non-food relief items (NFIs) for 3,000 families arrived in the airport in Santiago de Cuba, located on the East coast of the island. The National Society started NFI distributions on 9 November. Additionally, CRC volunteers continue to support the government efforts, providing information on water purification through chlorination, proper food handling and hygiene promotion to reduce the risk of flood-related emerging diseases.

The IFRC expresses its sincere gratitude to the following Partner National Societies (PNSs) and governments for their support for this appeal: the Brazil Permanent Mission in Geneva, the British Red Cross (with British government funds), the Canadian Red Cross (with Canadian government funds), the Danish Red Cross, the Japanese Red Cross Society, Irish Aid, the Netherlands Red Cross (with Netherlands government funds), the New Zealand Red Cross (with New Zealand government funds), the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian government, the Swedish Red Cross, the Taiwan Red Cross. The IFRC also gratefully acknowledges the Voluntary Emergency Relief Fund of the World Health Organization (WHO) for its contribution to this operation.