Gambia: Local storm DREF operation No. MDRGM005

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The International Federation's 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 response to emergencies. 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 75,305 (USD 69,335 or EUR 49641 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on July 2009 to support the national society in delivering assistance to support 327 displaced families representing 1,635 beneficiaries. Summary: On 02 July a storm hit the area of River Region in Gambia. As a result, damages occurred to upper, central West and lower part of the region, affecting 2,350 persons. A total of 327 families were displaced to neighbours and relatives; because of the destruction of their houses, they do not have any shelter for themselves and their families. The government through the regional disaster management committees conducted the assessment with the Red Cross offices in the region and launched an appeal for an immediate support to victims. The Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) River Region Branch volunteers were at the site helping them to move their belongings from the ruined houses. Through the proposed operation, the GRCS will distribute roofing kits to assist 1,635 beneficiaries in their houses roofing. This operation is expected to be implemented over one month, and will therefore be completed by 7 August, 2009. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 7 November, 2009).

The situation

On 2 July, 2009 at 12.00 am a serious wind storm has affected almost the entire country of the Gambia causing a wide spread destruction of houses, rendering household families displaced and some hospitalized due falling debris. An assessment mission was on the field for a rapid assessment of the situation.

Coordination and partnerships

The government through the regional disaster management committees conducted the assessment with the GRCS offices in the region. A national appeal was launched for an immediate support to victims and included trusses, rafters and nails for the re-roofing process before the rainy season. The regional governors who are the chair persons of the regional disaster management committees are tasked with the responsibility to coordinate all disaster matters in their respective regions. The assessment was done with under the coordination of their offices, which requested the support of other organizations including the Red Cross to intervene quickly for resolving the disaster situation.