Kazakhstan Floods DREF operation n° MDRKZ005

CHF 175,704 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Kazakhstan National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 4,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: On 18-20 February, 2012 quick melting of snow and rainfall resulted in floods in South-Kazakhstan region. Flood waters inundated 26 settlements in 7 districts and suburbs of the regional centre city of Shymkent affecting more than 9,400 people.

Assessments, rescue and evacuation activities by the government and local administration are underway in affected areas. The Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society’s regional branch staff conducted a rapid assessment and initiated response activities distributing humanitarian aid items from the stocks. The operation will reach vulnerable people in rural settlements from the two most affected districts (Ordabasy, Aryss) and Shymkent suburban areas through direct distribution of relief items. In total, about 750 families (4,000 people) are planned to be reached.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by end of May, 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by end of August, 2012).