DR Congo

DR Congo: Floods DREF Bulletin No MDRZR002

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief


This operation is aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

The situation

With its 34,000 inhabitants, Inkisi is the administrative centre of the Lukaya District (Bas-Congo Province), which is located about 100 km South of Kinshasa, along the border of the Inkisi River.

Following a joint report published by the Red Cross and Caritas, the heavy rains that were experienced in the locality from 18 to 20 February 2006 caused the Inkisi River to overflow, thereby causing floods in 400 houses affecting a total of 645 families (3,870 persons).

On 22 February, 383 persons- including 100 children, 142 women and 141 men- were sheltered in schools and churches. Given the precariousness of living conditions in the temporary shelters (promiscuity, exposure to mosquitoes, etc.); many decided to leave the sites and join their relatives and friends whose houses had not been flooded.

So far, the damages consist mainly of the loss of properties such as household goods, electrical appliances, clothes, etc. In addition, cassava and corn plantations have been destroyed.

The water supply authority continues to supply water, thereby reducing the risk of a cholera outbreak. The locality experienced a similar disaster in 2004.

Affected persons are progressively coming back to their homes as water dries away.

Red Cross and Red Crescent action

The Inkisi local committee of the Red Cross deployed 25 volunteers to attend to people in accommodation sites, sensitize affected populations on hygiene rules, construct temporary shelters (erection of six tents), and to help families evacuate their properties and children.

On 21 February 2006, The Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo (1) sent a team to the field to assess the situation with the support of the Federation, to update the data available. The national headquarters supported the local committee by providing 15 tarpaulins, 10 blankets, two first-aid kits, 20 security patches, and a batch of SRO.


A crisis committee coordinated by the District Commissioner has been set up. This committee is composed of the Red Cross, Caritas, World Health Organization (WHO), and the decentralized structures of the ministries of Health, Environment, Social Affaires and Family. The Kisantu health zone put a batch of drugs at the disposal of affected people. Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) has been ensuring the disinfection of accommodation sites with the support of Red Cross volunteers.

The local committee coordinates Red Cross actions in the field. The national society headquarters and the Federation delegation in Kinshasa have been maintaining permanent contact with the local committee to monitor the new developments.

The governor's office of the Bas-Congo province, the Vice President of the Republic in charge of reconstruction, and a private individual distributed food items like rice, fish, tins, and in addition he donated cash contributions of CDF 1,500 (USD 3.33) to each affected family.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In DRC: Matthieu Musepulu, Secretary General, Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa, Email: matmusep@yahoo.fr; Phone: +243.998.225.214 or +243.998.481.624

In DRC: Zibi Zibi Constantin, Head of Federation delegation, Kinshasa, Email: constantin.zibizibi@ifrc.org; Phone+ 243.818 801.400 , 998 011 801

In Cameroon: Daniel Sayi, Federation acting Head of Central Africa Sub-Regional Office, Yaoundé; Email; daniel.sayi@ifrc.org; Phone +,+237.950.12.44; Fax +

In Senegal: Alasan Senghore, Federation Head of West and Central Africa Regional Delegation, Dakar; Email: alasan.senghore@ifrc.org; Phone +221.869.34.61; Fax +221.860.20.02

In Geneva: Helene Ruud, Federation Regional Officer for Central Africa, Africa Dept; Email: helene.ruud@ifrc.org; Phone +41.22.730.49.14 ; Fax +41.22.733.03.95

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For longer-term programmes in this or other countries or regions, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for national society profiles, please also access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org


(1) Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo - refer to http://www.ifrc.org/where/country/check.asp?countryid=187

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