Gabon: Violent wind in Mouila (MDRGA003)

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CHF 78,481 (USD 72,233 or EUR 57,755) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Gabonese Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 230 families, i.e. 1,150 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Violent wind and tornado hit the Mouila locality in the Ngounié region of Gabon on 16 April, 2010. So far, the disaster has caused several damages: deterioration of about 280 houses, destruction of household basic property, and the obstruction of roads by uprooted trees. Red Cross Volunteers have identified 230 families (1,150 people) as the most affected. These are the families whose houses have been so deteriorated that they are left homeless. Immediately when the disaster occurred, Red Cross volunteers were deployed to the field to help evacuate affected people from the scene of the disaster. They conducted a quick evaluation of the situation and administered first-aid assistance to victims with light wounds. Considering that the victims of the violent winds have no means of survival presently, this DREF operation is intended to cover their urgent non-food items needs such as blankets, mats, mosquito nets, tarpaulins, cooking kits and soap. Financial support will be provided to help affected families rehabilitate their houses that have been seriously damaged by the wind. The Gabonese Red Cross volunteers will also contribute in the rehabilitation work. They will also conduct sensitization to first-aid actions in the event of violent wind how to face the consequences of violent winds.

This operation is expected to be implemented over four months, and will therefore be completed by 30 August, 2010; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 30 November, 2010).