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Gabon: Violent wind in Mouila DREF operation n° MDRGA003 Update n° 1

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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.

Period covered by this update: 04 May to 30 June 2010.

Summary: CHF 78,481 was allocated from the IFRC's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 4 May, 2010 to support the Gabonese Red Cross National Society in delivering assistance to some 230 families, i.e. 1,150 beneficiaries.

Following the violent wind that occurred in Mouila, the chief place of the Ngounie Province in Gabon, The National Society has been using the DREF allocation to assist the most vulnerable people affected by the disaster. So far, the beneficiaries (about 1,442 people) have received 460 tarpaulins, 230 cooking kits, 460 insecticide treated nets, 2,070 pieces of soap and 460 mats. All distribution activities planned for this operation have already been completed, and the volunteers of the Gabonese Red Cross have started cleaning gutters and sensitizing populations to what to do in the event of violent wind in their locality. This operation is expected to be implemented within four months, and completed by 30 August 2010. In line with Federation reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) is due 90 days after the end of the operation (by 30 November 2010).

The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on:

http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp .