India: Jammu & Kashmir Earthquake (MDRIN011) - DREF Operation n° MDRIN011 Update no.1

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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.

Period covered for this update: 14 May to 27 Sep 2013

CHF 258,670 has been allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries (approximately 1,000 families). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: An earthquake with a 5.8 magnitude struck Jammu and Kashmir state on 1 May which caused severe damage to houses and other infrastructure in Doda and Kishtwad districts. Preliminary government reports as of 5 May confirmed 11,856 damaged houses and leaving at least an equal number of families in need of temporary shelter. The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) immediately mobilized relief supplies like tent and woollen blankets from its disaster preparedness (DP) stocks from Bahadurgarh warehouse near the capital city New Delhi. This operation is to enable prompt response for the earthquake affected areas through deployment of disaster response teams, distribution cost and replenishment of the DP stocks.

While the Jammu and Kashmir earthquake relief operation was going on, another emergency of larger magnitude struck the northern state of Uttarakhand i.e. monsoon flash floods in the month of June 2013. Due to this new emergency, the IRCS had to shift its immediate focus on the Uttarakhand flood relief operation while in the same time handling the earthquake operation. The difficulties in the Uttarakhand operation which required much more attention had caused delays in the progress in this earthquake operation.

Despite the difficulties, this earthquake operation is still aiming to be completed by 13 October 2013; a final report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 13 January 2014).