GLIDE n° FL-2011-000077-LAO
CHF 329,788 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 July 2011 to support the Lao Red Cross (LRC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 5,000 beneficiaries affected by floods.
Floods, as a result of Typhoon Haima, affected up to six provinces in Lao People’s Democratic Republic (PDR) in late June, destroying crops and infrastructure and affecting over 37,000 people. Lao Red Cross branches responded accordingly in all affected areas, in cooperation with local authorities. The National Society supported evacuation efforts and provided affected families with dry foodstuff and drinking water as well as first aid services. Later in August, Tropical Storm Nock-Ten brought heavy rains, which resulted in flash floods and landslides affecting 340,000 people in 12 provinces.
With support from IFRC’s DREF, Lao Red Cross assisted 4,999 people with relief items including food and non-food items, as well as conducted hygiene promotion activities in Borikhamxay and Vientiane provinces. In Vientiane province, LRC carried out a special hygiene promotion campaign together with local authorities. A total of 23,655 people (of whom 19,988 were women) were reached with hygiene promotion activities.
The DREF was a key factor that enabled LRC to provide immediate assistance to two most affected provinces, Borikhamxay and Vientiane.
This operation was expected to be implemented over six months. LRC decided to have only one relief distribution instead of three distributions as initially planned. The distribution was completed in mid-September and hygiene promotion activities wrapped up through a monitoring exercise in Vientiane province in November 2011. An internal final evaluation of the operation was carried out in December 2011.
IFRC supported efforts to link Lao Red Cross with Partner National Societies in the country in order to extend assistance to the communities. German Red Cross provided additional funds for hygiene promotion. Financial support came also from Cambodian Red Cross, Luxembourg Red Cross, and from the Swiss NGO: Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation. With these funds, branches in Champasak and Xhieng Khuang were able to provide food assistance to people affected by floods.
Although the implementation of the DREF was effective, there is still a need to develop response capacity in LRC structures at all levels to meet local needs for future operations. Standard operation procedures for LRC need to be developed, and more resources should be directed towards the development of community response teams and training of the national disaster response team (NDRT) capacity to carry out needs assessments. More emphasis should be placed on risk reduction and preparedness in order to reduce local vulnerability and optimize future use of resources for response activities.
The DREF operation has made a positive impact on the Lao Red Cross becoming institutionally stronger and able to respond better in future disasters.
From the DREF allocation of CHF 329,788, an amount of CHF 297,587 was spent. All activities were successfully carried out, and this report is final in terms of narrative and financials. The operation is now closed, with a final balance of CHF 32,201 unspent and returned to DREF.
Contributions to replenish the DREF in support of this operation have been received from Canadian Red Cross/Canadian government, Netherlands Red Cross/SEF government, and the Directorate-General European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO).
IFRC, on behalf of Lao Red Cross, would like to thank all partners for their generous contribution to the DREF, which continues to be an important resource in initiating first response in disaster.