DREF Operation Bulletin Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia: Floods (MDRMK002)

CHF 176,424 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,216 families (4,864 beneficiaries) and replenish the National Society stocks for the already distributed items for 421 families. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: The heavy rainfalls that affected Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia from 23rdFebruary 2013 caused the overflow of rivers, damaging and spilling several dams and leading to serious consequences in the infrastructure, some agricultural fields and the houses of the residents in a number of regions in the country.

At the moment, the most affected regions by the floods in the country are: Kumanovo, Shtip, Sveti Nikole, Strumica, Valandovo, Ohrid, Probishtip and Kochani. Macedonian Red Cross and the Red Cross Local Branches in the above mentioned regions immediately started to conduct rapid assessment of humanitarian needs, worked jointly with other institutions while the most vulnerable families were evacuated and provided with temporary accommodation and started to distribute the humanitarian aid from MRC`s stocks. Approximately 1,637 families are affected by the floods. Macedonian Red Cross immediately distributed relief items for 421 families (1,684 people) from their own stocks, therefore the needs of 1,216 will be addressed through this DREF operation and the National Society will replenish its stock for the items that they have already distributed to the 421 families.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 3 months, and will therefore be completed by 1st May 2013; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 1st July 2013).