Mauritania: Floods DREF operation n° MDRMR006

CHF 69,873 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Mauritanian Red Crescent society in delivering immediate assistance to up to 870 beneficiaries (145 households) for 3 months and assess further needs. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: The rainstorms that commenced on the first week of August have taken a heavy toll in several regions. To date, the rainstorms have affected at least four (4) regions causing extensive damage to property and resulting in six (6) deaths. To date, 5,635 people have been affected by the floods.

The Mauritanian Red Crescent, with the support from the IFRC through this DREF, have carried out basic relief item distributions and the National Society is assistance, water and sanitation sensitization as well as health and hygiene promotion in the regions of Tagant, Inchiri and Trarza. This is being accompanied by a detailed assessment supported by IFRC’s Sahel Regional Office to further assess the situation and revise this plan of action according to needs.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by end of December 2013. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation, by end of March 2014.