Floods DREF Operation No MDRLA002 Update No 1


GLIDE n° FL-2011-000077-LAO

Period covered by this update: 18 July 2011 to 15 August 2011

CHF 329,778 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 July 2011 to support the Lao Red Cross (LRC) to reach 5,000 people affected by Tropical Storm Haima in Borikhamxay and Vientiane provinces. The operation involves the distribution of food and hygiene supplies (coupled in some areas, with hygiene promotion activities).

People to be reached have been identified, and work is now underway with communities to prepare for distributions in early September. LRC national disaster response teams (NDRTs) have been supporting branches in sharing distribution plans and in liaising closely with district authorities and community leaders.

At the beginning of August, LRC drew from its existing emergency funds to provide assistance through food and hygiene items to 1,052 beneficiaries (some 200 families) in four villages in Bolikhan district,
Borikhamxay province.

In the first week of August, Tropical Storm Nock-Ten hit Lao PDR, affecting many of the communities still recovering from Tropical Storm Haima. Nock-Ten, and the arrival of the monsoon season, have added new complications to the already complex task of reaching affected communities.

This operation will be implemented over six months and completed by 15 January 2012. In line with IFRC reporting standards, the final narrative and financial report will be published 90 days after the end of the operation by 15 April 2012.

Contributions to replenish the DREF in support of this operation have been received from Cambodian Red DREF operation update Lao PDR: Floods Selection of beneficiaries in Borikhamxay province by members of Lao Red Cross, national disaster response team (NDRT) and regional disaster response team (RDRT). (Photo: RDRT) Cross, Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Netherlands Red Cross/SEF government, and the Directorate-General European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO).