Following flooding brought by heavy rainfall across western, northern, central and eastern India in July into early August 2015, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) allocated CHF 334,596 from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in support of Indian Red Cross Society’s (IRCS) response. The allocation was made on 13 August 2015 for the IRCS to provide assistance to 80,000 affected people over a three-month period. The number of people targeted was reduced to 40,000 on 2 October, mainly due to an adjustment in the quantity of tarpaulins – from one to two – to be provided to each recipient household. On 12 November, the operation’s timeframe was extended until 31 December to provide sufficient time for IRCS branches to reconcile expenditure related to the response since the National Society was also providing assistance using its own resources.
The operation was completed as per the revised timeframe, with most activities outlined in the plan of action carried out. However, only three of the eight water purification units procured were deployed due to unexpected transportation restrictions. The other five units were delivered to the IRCS regional warehouse in Bahadurgarh.
In all, IRCS reached 40,000 people through the DREF support and an additional 42,500 through its own resources.