El Salvador

Floods: Emergency appeal n° MDRSV002 - Final report

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Final Report: 12 November 2009 to 31 December 2010.

Appeal target: CHF 1,680,178.

Appeal coverage: 92%;

Appeal history:

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 182,501 were allocated from the IFRC’s DREF to support the Salvadoran Red Cross Society (SRCS) to respond to the floods.

  • An Emergency Appeal was launched on 16 November 2009 for CHF 1,701,194 – including CHF 173,262 for Shelter Cluster coordination – for 9 months to assist 10,000 people.

  • Operations update n° 2 featured a revised budget of CHF 1,680,178.

  • Operations update n° 3 extended the appeal’s timeframe up to 16 November 2010, to complete activities related to shelter and water and sanitation.

  • Operations update n° 4 reflected 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 was also a major setback to timely implementation.

Summary: On 7 November 2009, the passing of Tropical Storm Ida and a low pressure system caused heavy rainfall, flooding and landslides throughout El Salvador affecting approximately 15,000 families (75,000 people).
The Salvadoran Red Cross Society deployed staff and volunteers to support with evacuations, search and rescue activities, as well as to conduct damage and needs assessments. The IFRC deployed disaster management delegates to El Salvador on 10 November 2010 to support the elaboration of the SRCS’s Plan of Action.

Based on the situation, an Emergency Appeal was launched to respond to a request from the SRCS, and aimed to provide support and ensured appropriate and timely response in delivering assistance and relief in the following sectors: relief distributions, shelter, emergency health and care, water & sanitation and hygiene promotion and rehabilitation of livelihoods. Relief items were shipped from Panama and arrived in El Salvador on 10 November. Two days afterwards, relief distributions started in the field.

The highlights of the operation include:

  • 3,000 affected families (15,000 people) were reached with relief supplies in 4 provinces. 5,000 families received blankets in these provinces.

  • 1,820 families (4,848 people) were reached with psychosocial support.

  • 8,652 families (approx. 89,966 people) received safe water through water trucking, bladders and Oxfam tanks during the emergency phase.

  • 162 families reached with temporary housing solutions.

  • 162 families have had their latrines repaired.

  • 1,909 families had access to safe water through the seven rehabilitated water systems.

  • 100 families had access to safe water through ten community water wells that were cleaned.

  • The SRCS is better prepared for future disaster response through capacity building activities

This emergency appeal received a total income of CHF 1,540,492 and expenditure was CHF 1,426,642. The balance reflected under the financial report (CHF 113,849) corresponds to an outstanding payment from a donor. Based on the final availability of funds, the balance can be channelled for the implementation of DRM activities in the country support plan of El Salvador