Period covered by this update: 15 November 2011 to 15 January 2012.
Summary: 220,262 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 October 2011 to support the Honduran Red Cross (HRC) in delivering assistance to 800 families (approximately 4,000 beneficiaries).
After almost two weeks of severe precipitations, including those caused by Tropical Depression 12-E, the Honduran government declared a state of emergency on 16 October to facilitate relief activities. The Honduran Red Cross, in its auxiliary role to the government, drew up a plan of action to provide relief support to some 5,000 families, of which 1,848 families have been supported by the DREF in the municipalities of Nacaome and Marcovia, surpassing the original target of 800 families. Of these families, 800 are being assisted with food and non-food relief items and health promotion. In addition, 1,095 families have been assisted with drinking water.
However, after some monitoring visits in the affected areas, it became evident that some families have not yet recovered completely from the emergency and were still in need of assistance. As a result, the HRC has requested a three-week extension of the operation’s timeframe to reach 250 families from the municipality of Liure with food parcels. The new distribution will be funded by a surplus created after a very cost-effective procurement process and a financial extension will not be needed. This operation is now expected to be completed by 6 February 2012. The Final Report (narrative and financial) will still be due on 20 April 2012.
The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the national society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. The Australian Red Cross and government, the Belgian government, the Canadian Red Cross, the Italian government, and the Netherlands Red Cross and government have replenished the DREF for the allocation made to this operation. Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp