Odisha Flood - DREF operation n° MDRIN007

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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 240,301 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 75,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.


This year, India has witnessed severe floods in six states, affecting more than 11 million people across India. The Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) launched a domestic appeal to seek support of the domestic donors for the flood affected states. However, response to the appeal has so far been limited. More recently 2.2 million people have also been affected by floods in the Odisha (formerly known as Orissa) state, which was originally not under the domestic appeal, but will now be included. As the IRCS capacities are already stressed to cope with the situation, DREF has been requested to allow Indian Red Cross to support 75,000 beneficiaries in Odisha through distribution of non food relief items and safe drinking water. Where required, volunteers will carry out dissemination of hygiene promotion and safe storage of water in emergencies. In the coming weeks, IRCS will revise their domestic appeal to include Odisha.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 20 December 2011; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 20 March 2011).