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: 1 July to 30 September, 2010
CHF 134,948 (USD 124,353 or EUR 101,870) was allocated on 1 July, 2010 from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 5,000 beneficiaries and to replenish disaster preparedness stock.
On 20 June, 2010 many parts of southern part of Ghana experienced flooding with varying degrees of destruction leaving more than 7,500 people displaced while the figures kept rising by the day. Steady downpour was recorded for about four days that left thousands homeless and official report declared about 45 people perished.
With support from IFRC through the deployment of an RDRT member, GRCS mobilized 110 volunteers to assist the affected people in evacuation, reparation of damaged houses and settlement of the displaced persons in temporary shelter centres.
As the humanitarian community and the Government of Ghana distributed emergency food and non-food items to the affected communities, GRCS further conducted a need assessment for supplementary and gap filling of non-food items (NFIs). Based on the assessment, the team recommended assistance to a total of 3,180 households with NFI package made up of blankets, tarpaulins, hygiene kits, water purification tablets, mosquito nets, farming tools and emergency shelter kits. While some NFIs were available as part of GRCS's pre-positioned stock, additional food and NFIs were procured and donated by in-country partners like the Swiss Red Cross, UNICEF and Iranian Embassy in Accra to meet the needs of the affected communities.