Tropical Storm Agatha, Final Report MDRGT002

Situation Report
Originally published


Period covered by this Final Report: 01 June 2010 to 31 May 2011.

Appeal target: 1,286,382 Swiss francs to support 1,500 families for 12 months

Appeal coverage: 103%

Appeal history:

· On 31 May 2010, 172,274 Swiss francs were allocated from the International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) to initiate the response and deliver immediate humanitarian relief.

· On 1 June 2010, a Preliminary Appeal was issued for 1,223,815 Swiss francs in cash, kind or services to support the Guatemalan Red Cross to attend to the humanitarian needs of 1,500 families (7,500 people). · On 9 June 2010, a Revised Appeal was issued reflecting a revised budget of 1,286,382 Swiss francs and adjusting the Emergency Appeal planned outcomes based on the needs identified by the National Society after detailed assessments. · On 4 January 2011, Operations Update no. 3 extended the timeframe to 12 months to enable the GRC to carry out activities related to shelter and early recovery planned outcomes that were delayed due to the continuous torrential rains.

Summary: After suffering from one of the most severe rainy seasons in decades, Tropical Storm Agatha brought additional strong and persistent rains to Guatemala in late 2010. The rains damaged homes, infrastructure and crops, and created concerns regarding water, sanitation, health and food security. The Guatemalan Red Cross drew up a plan of action with the aim to support 1,500 families with their immediate needs through distribution of relief items, emergency health and care, water, sanitation and hygiene promotion, repair to homes and recovery of crops. These activities were managed by the GRC with support from the Partner National Societies (the Netherlands Red Cross, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Spanish Red Cross) and the IFRC.

Through the support of the Emergency Appeal, 1,500 families were able to resume household activities after receiving one food parcel, one kitchen kit, two mosquito nets and five blankets. In addition, health risks were reduced through the provision of preventive and community-based health care workshops on sexual and reproductive health, hygiene promotion, disease prevention and psychosocial support, reaching more than 2,658 beneficiaries. Epidemic control activities included community education, training, fumigation and clean-ups, benefitting 748 families. A comprehensive emergency health services approach was followed by using a variety of participatory community-based techniques to address multiple health issues. Special attention was given to youth and women, in line with the Fundamental Principles of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and the project output of placing special attention to the priorities of the most vulnerable groups of the population. Furthermore, the health of the affected communities was improved through the provision of clean water to 616 families, as well as with the distribution of two jerry cans, one hygiene kit and one water filter to 1,500 families, and the implementation of community-based actions, such as well-cleaning (291 wells). The National Society also focused on raising awareness and promoting behaviour change of basic sanitation and hygiene through education activities with 1,449 participants, and training to 54 volunteers and 24 NITs on the use of water treatment equipment.