India: Floods DREF operation No. MDRIN002 Update No. 04

Situation Report
Originally published


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: 10 November to 19 December 2007.


- CHF 250,000 (USD 207,641 or EUR 151,515) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 9 August 2007 to respond to the needs of this operation and to replenish disaster preparedness (DP) stocks distributed to the affected population.

The Indian Red Cross Society responded quickly and efficiently to the floods that hit the country between May and October this year. Most of the activities were carried out within the planned timeframe of the operation, except for the procurement of DP stocks (non-food family kits). The purchase order for these was placed on 2 November 2007, but the delivery is only scheduled to be completed by 15 January 2008, due to the processing time required by the supplier. Following the completion of delivery, a final report (financial and narrative) will be prepared by end February 2008, and launched by early March 2008.

- While the operation was expected to be implemented in three months and completed by 9 November 2007, this update is being submitted in order to extend the timeframe by a month, to 9 December 2007. In line with Federation reporting standards, the final report (narrative and financial) will be made available 90 days after the end of the operation.

The situation

The DREF allocation was provided to support the response by the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) to the large-scale flooding that hit the country between May and October 2007, particularly most of the costal and non-costal areas, causing massive loss of lives and property. According to the ministry of home affairs, an estimated 3,339 people were killed and approximately 57 million people affected by the floods this year.

Even Uttar Pradesh in the north, which is not a flood-prone state, saw one of its worst floods this year. The IRCS, through its state and district branches, provided relief assistance in the form of non-food family kits in the flood-affected states. The IRCS national headquarters structured a national response based on detailed plans of actions from the affected state branches. The capacity of the national society was not only further built but also tested by activating state disaster response teams in the flood-affected states of Gujarat, Maharashtra and Orissa to respond to the first wave of floods. The branches were provided support by the IRCS national headquarters through pre-positioned DP stock in various flood-prone states like Bihar, Assam and Madhya Pradesh.

The DREF amount was allocated at the peak of the floods, when the south-west monsoon was active within the Ganga-Brahmaputra-Meghana river basin in the states of Orissa, Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The DREF allocation covers the replenishment of IRCS' DP stock (non-food family kits) that had been distributed during the emergency, drinking water support, bleaching powder support in the state of Andhra Pradesh and operational cost support to deliver the relief supplies to the beneficiaries in various states. In addition, the DREF was also used to assist in a review visit to Orissa in the wake of the cholera epidemic that hit the state as a result of the floods.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Indian Red Cross Society: Dr. S.P. Agarwal (secretary general), email:; phone: +91.11.2371.6424; fax: +91.11.23711.7454

Federation country office in India: Mohamed Babiker (head of office), email:; phone: +91.11.2332.4203; fax: +

Federation South Asia regional office in India: Al Panico (head of regional office), email:; phone: +91.11.2411.1125; fax: +91.11.2411.1128

Federation Asia Pacific zone in Malaysia: Jagan Chapagain (deputy head of zone), email:, phone: +603.21610892, fax: +60321611210; Latifur Rahman (disaster management delegate), email:, phone: +6012.975.0144, fax: +60321611210

Federation Secretariat in Geneva (Management support team): Hiroto Oyama (officer - Asia Pacific); email:; phone: +44.22.730.4273; fax: +41.22.733.0395