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. The after action review that was set for December 2015 was not conducted because the disaster management staff of IRCS – who were to participate in the review – were not available as they had to respond to another disaster. Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh experienced some of the worst flooding in decades (with more than 10 million people affected) and IRCS disaster management team was fully involved in the response to the new floods. There is planning to have a combined review of IRCS response to major 2015 floods after the end of the latter – ongoing – operation.
The total expenditure recorded under this operation thus far is CHF 274,535. The attached financial statement is issued on preliminary basis as some provisions are being cleared. A final report will be issued by end of April 2016.