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India: Floods DREF operation no. MDRIN006

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The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) 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 emergency response. 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.

CHF 358,313 (USD364,547 or EUR 270,543) has been allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the national society in delivering immediate assistance to some 25,000 beneficiaries (5,000 families). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: More than three million people in northern India have been affected by floods, which have killed over 200 people. The floods have washed away thousands of homes, swept through holy sites and damaged crops from hectares of agriculture field. At least two million people in northern India have been left homeless and 500,000 hectares of agriculture land in the top cane growing state of Uttar Pradesh were completely flooded.

While state and national authorities are essentially meeting the most basic and immediate needs of the affected communities through in Uttarakh and Uttar Pradesh, much of this will be focused on the rebuilding of damaged infrastructure. Hence a gap exists in supporting the most affected and vulnerable families, especially those who do not have buffer. Providing these families with a short term supply of basic household items as a supplement to the government's actions will enable them to reallocate their family income or savings that they would have to spent on this food necessities.