Kazakhstan: Floods DREF Operation No. MDRKZ002 Update No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


GLIDE no. FL-2008-000032-KAZ

The International Federation's 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 response to emergencies. 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: 5 March to 10 April, 2008

Summary: A total of CHF 259,858 (USD 258,730 or EUR 164,681) has been allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society in delivering assistance to households affected by floods.

The initial DREF allocation has been utilized by the National Society to procure and distribute non-food items and start providing food aid to the most vulnerable 370 families affected by floods in the South-Kazakhstan region. Based on additional needs assessments in the disasterstruck area, the National Society has revised the response operation to target 800 households (including the 370 targeted by food and non-food assistance) currently accommodated in tent camps with household and sanitary items within the initial operational timeframe using a supplementary DREF allocation. Special acknowledgement should be given to the Netherlands Red Cross and the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs who have repaid the funds released from the DREF for this operation.

The situation

Heavy rains and the melting snow due to a sudden rise in temperatures caused floods in the South Kazakhstan oblast (region) at the end of February 2008. Final assessments conducted by the Ministry of Emergency Situations demonstrated that 51 localities have been affected with 8 schools, 2 primary medical centres, 2 bridges and 411 houses destroyed, 2,396 houses inundated; 1 person died and 13,002 people were displaced. The government estimated the economic losses at 125 million US dollars. After the waters had fallen by mid March, 15 tent camps were set up in the disaster-struck area that currently give refuge to 800 families (about 5,000 people). The rest of the evacuees have been accommodated with their neighbours and relatives. The tents and bedding have been loaned by the government to the affected families accommodated in camps and these items should be returned in June. Also, the government arranged immediate distribution of food products to all affected people and allocated funds for the reconstruction of schools, primary medical centres and housing.

How we work

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

The International Federation's activities are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society: Vadim Kadyrbayev, Vice-President, Almaty, phone: +7 727 291 81 51; fax: +7 727 291 81 72; email: drvadimrc@mail.ru

Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society: Nurlan Panzabekov, Disaster Management Coordinator, Almaty, phone: +7 727 291 61 01; fax: +7 727 291 81 72; email: panzabekov@rambler.ru

In Central Asia Regional Representation: Drina Karahasanovic, Regional Representative, Almaty, phone: +7 727 291 41 56; fax: +7 727 291 42 67; email: drina.karahasanovic@ifrc.org

In Europe Zone Office: Slobodanka Curic, Disaster Management Coordinator, Budapest, phone: +361 248 33 05; fax: +361 248 33 22; email: slobodanka.curic@ifrc.org

In Geneva: Linda A. Stops, Operations Coordinator, phone: +41 22 730 4300, fax: +41 22 733 0395, email: linda.stops@ifrc.org