Ethiopia

Ethiopia: Response to seasonal floods DREF operation n° MDRET009

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 300,000 (USD 305,130 or EUR 226,080) has been allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to 25,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Since May 2010, Ethiopian Red Cross Society (ERCS) has been providing assistance to the families affected by flooding through the distribution of relief items from its contingency stocks provided by the ICRC. Flooding has intensified since beginning of August 2010 and the level of vulnerability increased beyond the disaster response capacity of the National Society as relief items stock is depleted. ERCS has requested the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) for disaster relief emergency fund (DREF) and technical support to assist 5,000 families displaced by the recent floods. The DREF will be used to replenish some of the contingency stocks used by ERCS during the floods response operation in East Shewa, West Shewa and West Hararghe zones of Oromiya region.

This operation is expected to be implemented over six weeks, and will therefore be completed by 5 November, 2010; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 05 February, 2011).