El Salvador

El Salvador: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRSV002 Operations Update No. 3

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Ops Update: up to 31 May 2010.

Appeal target (current): 1,680,178 Swiss francs (1,567,840 US dollars/1,145,120 euro);

Appeal coverage: currently approximately 92%; <click here to go directly to the updated donor response report, here to view the interim financial statement or here to link to contact details>

Appeal history:

=B7 This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 17 November 2009 for 1,701,194 Swiss francs (1,681,039 US dollars/ 1,127,553 euro) including 173,262 Swiss francs for Shelter Cluster coordination, for 9 months to assist 10,000 beneficiaries.

=B7 Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): 182,501 Swiss francs (180,614 US dollars/120,783 euro) were initially allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the Salvadoran Red Cross Society (SRCS) to respond to the floods. The Canadian government through the Canadian Red Cross and the Italian government have generously replenished the DREF funds allocated to this emergency.

=B7 This operations update n=B0 3 reflects an extension of the appeal timeframe to 16 November 2010, to complete activities related to shelter and water and sanitation.

Summary: On 7 November 2009, the passing of Tropical Storm Ida and the low pressure system caused heavy rain, floods and landslides throughout the country affecting approximately 15,000 families (75,000 people). Based on the situation, an Emergency Appeal was launched to respond to a request from the Salvadoran Red Cross Society, and aims to provide support and ensure appropriate and timely response in delivering assistance and relief in the following sectors: relief distributions, shelter, emergency health and care, water and sanitation and hygiene promotion and rehabilitation of livelihoods.

The distribution of essential relief items that include blankets, kitchen kits and hygiene kits for 3,000 families has been completed by the Salvadoran Red Cross Society. To date, 206,858 gallons of water have been distributed, reaching 89,966 people in the departments of San Salvador, San Vicente, La Paz, La Libertad and Cuscatlán. Additionally, a psychosocial support workshop was carried out, training 25 Salvadoran Red Cross facilitators in the area. An operations manager and a RIT member specialized in logistics have been deployed to El Salvador to carry out and coordinate the remaining activities of this operation. Early recovery activities have begun in the municipality of San Pedro Nonualco (La Paz department) and 5 water systems have been restored providing water to 997 families. Water and sanitation activities are still ongoing with the procurement of additional materials for the construction of grey water latrines in four selected communities and for artisan wells.

To date, the American Red Cross, the Andorra Red Cross, the British Red Cross, the Canadian government, the Canadian Red Cross, the Czech government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid Office (DG ECHO), the Finnish Red Cross, the Irish government, the Italian government, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Monaco Red Cross, the Netherlands government via the Netherlands Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross, the Swedish government via the Swedish Red Cross and the United Arab Emirates Red Crescent have generously contributed to this appeal with cash and in-kind relief items. Moreover, the employees of the World Health Organization in Geneva made a donation to this emergency appeal. In addition, the Salvadoran Red Cross Society has received bilateral contributions from the German Red Cross, the Luxemburg Red Cross and the Spanish Red Cross.

On behalf of the Salvadoran Red Cross Society, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) would like to thank all partners and donors for their immediate and generous response to this appeal.

This operation will be completed by 16 November 2010. A Final Report will be made available by 16 February 2011 (three months after the end of the operation).