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DR Congo: Floods DREF Bulletin No MDRZR002 - Final report

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The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in over 185 countries.

In Brief

Period covered by this Final Report: 17 March to 16 May 2006.

History of this Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF)-funded operation:

- CHF 28,700 was allocated from the Federations DREF on 17 March 2006 to respond to the needs of this operation and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks distributed to the affected population. Refer to: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/06/MDRZR002.pdf for the DREF Bulletin.

- DREF Update - http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/06/MDRZR00201.pdf - was issued on 22 March 2006.

- This operation was expected to be implemented for 2 months; to be completed by 16 May 2006.

This operation was 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.

Background and Summary

According to a joint report of the Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo (RCDRC) and Caritas, heavy rains fell in Inkisi from 18 to 20 February 2006 causing the Inkisi River to overflow, thereby resulting in floods that destroyed 400 houses belonging to 645 families (3,870 persons). With a population of 34,000 inhabitants, Inkisi is the administrative centre of the Lukaya District of Bas-Congo Province, about 150km south of Kinshasa.

Following the flooding disaster, the Inkisi local committee of the RCDRC deployed 25 volunteers to assist people who had been accommodated in temporary sites. The volunteers sensitized the affected populations on proper hygiene practices, assisted in the construction of temporary shelter (six tents) and helped families to evacuate their children as well as to salvage property during the emergency phase.

After the flood waters receded, the families that had been accommodated in temporary shelters or by foster families returned to their respective homes. As a result, the operation's plan of action was slightly revised, taking into consideration this positive and rapid evolution of the situation. Actions were concentrated essentially on the prevention of water-borne diseases, sanitation (through the disinfection of water wells and houses) and distribution of insecticide-treated mosquito nets (ITNs). Since heavier rains were expected by April, non-food items (NFIs) such as blankets and tarpaulins that were purchased as initially planned were kept as emergency stocks.

For information specifically related to this operation please contact:

- In DRC: Mathieu Musepulu, Secretary General, the Red Cross of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kinshasa; Email: matmusep@yahoo.fr; Phone: +243.98.22.52.14

- In Cameroon: Javier Medrano, Federation Head of Central Africa Sub-regional Office, Yaoundé, Email: javier.medrano@.ifrc.org; Phone +237.221.74.37 or +237.221.74.38; Fax +237.221.74.39

- In Geneva: Jaime Duran, Federation Regional Officer for Central Africa, Africa Dept., Geneva; Email: jaime.duran@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

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