Odisha Floods - DREF operation n° MDRIN007 - Update no 02

Situation Report
Originally published


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 by this update: 30 September to 19 October 2011.

Summary: CHF 240,301 was allocated from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 September 2011 to support the Indian Red Cross Society (IRCS) in delivering assistance to some 75,000 beneficiaries, or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks following this operation.

During the reporting period, IRCS youth volunteers were trained in the storage of safe drinking water, household water treatment, restoration/rehabilitation of hand pumps and basic solid waste management and sanitation. Since being trained, these volunteers have been visiting villages passing messages related to water, sanitation and hygiene to the affected communities, as well as restoring hand pumps that have been contaminated by the flood waters.

IRCS national headquarters sent non-food items to the Odisha State branch to enable them to support 2,000 families. The state branch has also continued distribution of non-food items during this reporting period.

The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the national society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. Details of the contributions to the DREF can be found on