Gambia: Local Storm DREF operation no. MDRGM005

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GLIDE no. ST-2009-000128- GMB

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 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.

Summary: 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 354 displaced families representing 1,635 beneficiaries.

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 354 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.