El Salvador

Tropical depression 12-E, Emergency appeal n° MDRSV004 Operation update n°4


Period covered by this Ops Update: 1 July to 15 October 2012.

Appeal target (current): Swiss francs 1,174,119

Appeal coverage: 92%

· 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 for 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 revision of the budget to extend the support of the shelter cluster coordination until January 2012.

· - The operations update issued on 17 July included a revision of the budget reflecting the change in the shelter strategy to focus on the rehabilitation of collective centres and community trainings.


Tropical Depression 12-E caused a serious impact on 69 per cent of the municipalities in El Salvador, affecting around 300,000 people. After the Salvadoran government declared an emergency on 14 October 2011, the Salvadoran Red Cross Society (SRCS) activated its emergency protocols for evacuating and responding to the needs of people living in vulnerable areas. During the first months of the emergency, the National Society reached 10,884 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 and 1,600 mosquito nets.

To date, IFRC support has made it possible for 1,889 families to receive food parcels. In addition, 1,013 families were targeted by hygiene and vector control campaigns, and 976 people were reached with psychosocial support. In the coming months, 2,000 families will receive water filters and 190 families in 5 different communities will benefit from micro-projects for the rehabilitation of wells. In addition to this, 10 schools used as community shelters will be rehabilitated in coordination with the Ministry of Education. Furthermore, the operation includes the distribution of agricultural kits for 325 households containing seeds and tool kits for improving their livelihoods.

As a result of the need for more time to complete rehabilitation activities, the operation was extended until 31 January 2013.