El Salvador

Tropical depression 12-E, Emergency appeal n° MDRSV004 - 8-month summary update


Period covered by this Operations Update: 21 October 2011 to 30 June 2012.

Appeal target (current): 1,174,119 Swiss francs. An interim financial statement will be made available in the upcoming days.

Appeal coverage: 96%;

Appeal history:

  • On 17 October 2011, 191,129 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the emergency response.

  • On 21 October 2011, a Preliminary Emergency Appeal was initially launched for 1,185,025 Swiss francs for 9 months to increase assistance to 2,000 families.

  • On 4 November, an Emergency Appeal was launched for 1,054,611 Swiss francs and an additional 42,029 Swiss francs to cover the cost of supporting the shelter cluster coordination.

  • The operations update on 2 March 2012 included a slight revision of the budget to extend the support of the shelter cluster coordination until January 2012.

  • This operations update n° 3 includes a slight revision of the budget, which does not represent a change in the overall budget amount but only a modification between budgetary lines to reflect the change in strategy to focus on the rehabilitation of collective centres and community trainings (See Shelter sector).

Summary: With 181 of 262 municipalities affected by the severe precipitations as a result of the Tropical Depression 12-E and approximately 300,000 people affected, the Salvadoran government declared a state of emergency on 14 October. The Salvadoran Red Cross Society (SRCS) activated their emergency procedures, with volunteers supporting the evacuations of persons living in high-risk areas and distributing relief items to meet their immediate needs.

During the period covered by this report, the National Society reached 10,894 affected families (45,935 people) with 14,313 blankets, 9,783 mattresses, 3,343 food parcels, 4,200 jerry cans, 1,225 water filters, 3,233 hygiene kits and1,600 mosquito nets. The SRCS has also reached 950 persons with psychosocial support and it is currently organizing their health promotion and a dengue prevention campaign that will be strengthened by a community-based health and first aid programme. The shelter and the water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities are also underway, with the National Society concluding all the required coordination with aut horities and community members to ensure that families affected by lack of safe water and a safe and adequate emergency shelter are reached. Finally, 275 families are currently participating in a learning-by-doing programme that teaches farmers methods for soil preservation and organic agriculture as part of the livelihood recovery programme.
Taking into account the resources provided by other actors of the emergency response, the National Society decided to use part of the emergency appeal resources during the recovery phase for a more efficient response. Therefore, in order to reach the outcomes of some sectors the National Society calls for a threemonth extension of the implementation timeframe. The operation will therefore be completed by the end of October 2012. In line with the IFRC’s reporting standards, a final report (narrative and financial) will be made available 90 days after the end of the operation (by the end of January 2013).