El Salvador

El Salvador: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRSV002 Operations Update No. 4

Situation Report
Originally published


Period covered by this Ops Update: May to October 2010.

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

Appeal coverage: 92%;

Appeal history:

- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched 17 November 2009 for 1,701,194 Swiss francs - including 173,262 Swiss francs for Shelter Cluster coordination - for 9 months to assist 10,000 beneficiaries.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): 182,501 Swiss francs 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.

- Operations update n°2 of 22 February presented a revised budget of 1,680,178 Swiss francs (1,567,840 US dollars/1,145,120 euro)

- Operations update n° 4 reflects a second extension of appeal timeframe to 31 December 2010 to complete activities after two new meteorological events caused delays to the implementation of activities, as the SRCS had to respond to these new emergencies. In addition, the change in strategy for the shelter component due to government decisions has also been a major set back to timely implementation.

Summary: The operation met the planned relief distribution and psychosocial support outcomes; furthermore, families continue to receive psychosocial support which is integrated in the shelter activities of this appeal. Activities are ongoing in the area of water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, shelter, recovery and National Society capacity building. Up to the date of the close of this reporting period, the highlights of the operation include:

- 3,000 families were reached with a standard package of relief items and 2,000 additional families were reached with blankets.

- 1,820 families were reached with psychosocial support.

- 8,652 families received water through water trucking, bladders and Oxfam tanks during the emergency phase.

- 100 families have had their latrines repaired.

- 1,909 families have access to safe water through the seven rehabilitated water systems.

- 100 families have access to safe water through ten community water wells that have been cleaned.

The water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, and psychosocial support components of the operation are implemented in the same affected areas and communities which were identified for the shelter component in order to provide an integral response to the beneficiaries' needs. Given the operational delays and the changes in the approach adopted for the shelter component of the operation, progress to meet the water and sanitation and recovery outcomes has been affected.

To date, the American Red Cross, the Andorran government via the Andorran 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 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 has been extended to 31 December 2010 in order to complete all pending activities, in particular the construction of temporary shelters and sanitation modules. A Final Report will be made available by 31 March 2011 (three months after the end of the operation).