The Gambia: Storm DREF Bulletin No. MDRGM004 Operations Update No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


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.

Period covered by this update: 05 to 30 June 2008.

Summary: CHF 34,000 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 13 June, 2008 to support the national society in delivering assistance to some 300 beneficiaries.

At the beginning of June, 2008 a severe storm hit the area around Darsilameh village in the Western Region of Gambia. The storm caused damage to more than 15 compounds, directly affecting more than 300 persons. Houses were destroyed, and the families therefore have no shelter.

At the first hours of the storm, the Gambia Red Cross Society (GRCS) volunteers from the Western Region branch assisted those affected to move belongings from their ruined houses, and carried out assessments in coordination with representatives of the Governor's office. The Federation has supported the GRCS with a DREF to assist the affected populations with. The DREF allocation allowed the national society to assist 300 beneficiaries through the distribution of roofing materials and risk reduction sensitization

This operation is expected to be implemented in 3 months, and completed by 31 August, 2008. 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, 2008).

The situation

On 2 June, 2008 at around 2.00 P.M a squall of some 25-30 knots hit the area around Darsilameh village in the Western Region (WR) of The Gambia. According to the hydro meteorological Institute report, the squall came in from the South and damaged around 15 compounds within 15 minutes, affecting more than 300 persons in Darsilameh. Some houses were destroyed and some others have lost their roofs, living people without shelters.

An assessment mission has been carried out to the affected area. The assessment team comprised representatives of the Governor's office, The Gambia Red Cross Society members, Western Region Branch Office and Brikama Area council. To assist the affected people, GRCS has requested a DREF from the Federation.

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In the Gambia: Mrs Ndey S.Bakurin, Secretary General, The Gambia Red Cross Society, Banjul, Email: ; ; phone +2204393179, 4392405, 4396989, 4373568

In Dakar: West and Central Africa Zone Office (Alasan Senghore, Head of Zone, Dakar, Senegal), phone: +221 33 869 36 40; Fax: +221 33 820 25 34; email:; Youcef Ait- Chellouche, Disaster Management Coordinator, Dakar, Senegal), email:

In Geneva: John Roche, Operations Coordinator for West Africa ai; phone: +41.22.730.4400; email: or Tunay Firat, Officer, Management Support Team, phone: +41.22.730.4415; email: