Period covered by this update: 10 January to 10 April 2013
Summary: CHF 57,100 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 10 January to support the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to approximately 10,000 beneficiaries.
Since the last week of December 2012, temperatures in northern India fell, causing many homeless people in the region, particularly in urban areas, to be affected.
Despite efforts made by the government, Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS), and a large number of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), news reports showed a large number of deaths due to the exceptionally low temperatures. The media reported that most of the deaths were among the elderly and the homeless.
To combat this, IRCS distributed blankets to the homeless and other people in need. The IRCS national headquarters released 10,000 blankets to state branches in the affected region. The DREF operation replenished the 10,000 blankets distributed by IRCS from its disaster preparedness stocks positioned in regional warehouses.
Of the total allocated DREF, CHF 53,413 was spent. The balance of CHF 3,687 has been returned to DREF.
The major donors and partners of this DREF operation include the Canadian Red Cross/Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), and the Netherlands Red Cross/government SEF which contributed CHF 13,957 and CHF 52,929 respectively.
IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to all partners for their generous contributions. Details of the contributions to the DREF can be found on www.ifrc.org/dref.