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Central America, Mexico and Haiti: Floods from Hurricane Stan - Appeal No. 05EA021 Operations Update No. 6

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In Brief

Period covered: 1 May to 30 June, 2006;

Appeal coverage: 89.2% Although the funding target has not been fully reached, the Federation is not requesting additional funding at this stage in the operation.

Appeal history:

- Launched on 7 October 2005 CHF 1,568,000 (USD 1,230,694 OR EUR 1,012,648) for 6 months to assist 10,250 families (51,250 beneficiaries).

- A revised Emergency Appeal was issued on 17 October 2005, seeking CHF 6,175,760 (USD 4,780,996 or EUR 3,974,564) in cash, kind, or services to assist 10,050 families (50,250 beneficiaries) for 6 months.

- A revised plan of action for the Guatemala Red Cross was issued in April 2006, and the timeframe of the operation extended until 31 December 2006. The final report will therefore be issued on 31 March 2007.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 280,000

Outstanding needs: None

Related Emergency or Annual Appeals: El Salvador: Floods and Volcanic Activity (Appeal 05EA020); Bahamas, Cuba and Mexico: Hurricane Wilma (Appeal 05EA024); Central America: Annual Appeal (Appeal MAA43001); Pan American Disaster Response Unit: Annual Appeal (Appeal MAA42001)

Operational Summary: The Hurricane Stan operation in Guatemala has proved to be quite complex; emergency relief operations have come to an end and a Plan of Action has been designed for the rehabilitation phase in this country, and the appeal period has been extended to 31 December 2006. The Guatemalan Red Cross (GRC) is implementing rehabilitation activities in the areas of community health, HIV/AIDS, psychosocial support, water and sanitation and disaster preparedness.

The GRC rehabilitation plan focuses on five municipalities in south-western Guatemala: Coatepeque, El Palmar, Mazatenango, Retalhuleu and Tecún Umán. These municipalities were selected by the GRC because they received little government or international aid and yet were severely affected by Hurricane Stan, both by the immediate impact of the flooding and the damage it wreaked on housing and crops, together with the poor health conditions and malnutrition that resulted from the prolonged rains and the limited access to these remote areas. These five municipalities were also selected because of the Red Cross presence in this area, and the fact that programmes that were being developed prior to the emergency were already addressing significant health, sanitation and disaster preparedness issues. During this reporting period, major achievements include extensive educational talks in Integrated Management of Childhood Illness (IMCI) and growth and development monitoring for young children within the community health programme. In the area of HIV/AIDS, a strategic alliance with the Association of Clowns has made it possible to replicate awareness raising concepts among the affected population and there has been an increased participation of men. In terms of community based disaster preparedness, community based Vulnerability and Capacity Analysis (VCA) and family and community contingency plans have been successful in preparing communities for future disasters.

In Mexico, the disaster response phase has been extended and consists of providing additional emergency relief, in the form of kitchen sets, hygiene kits and food items, to the regions most affected by Hurricane Stan, which include the States of Oaxaca, Chiapas and Yucatan.

In Nicaragua, rehabilitation efforts are taking place as of June in four communities of the Municipality of Chinandega. This phase includes community disaster preparedness activities, disaster preparedness capacity building and water and sanitation activities.

In Haiti, distributions of hygiene and kitchen sets, mosquito nets and blankets took place during the month of May to the affected regions.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

- In Guatemala: Annabella Folgar de Roca, President, Guatemalan Red Cross; e-mail presidencia@guatemala.cruzroja.org; phone (502) 2253 7332; fax (502) 2232 4649

- In Guatemala: Roy Venegas, Federation Regional Coordinator, Operation Stan,; e-mail roy.venegas@cruzroja.org; phone (502) 22537351; fax (502) 2232 4649

- In Panama: Leon Prop, Head of Regional Delegation; e-mail leon.prop@ifrc.org, phone (507) 317 13 00; fax; (507) 317 13 04

- In Geneva: Luis Luna, Federation Regional Officer, Americas Department, Geneva; email luis.luna@ifcr.org; phone 41.22.730.24.74; fax 41.22.733.03.95

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for a full description of the national society profile, please access the Federation's website at http://www.ifrc.org

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