Mexico: Floods Appeal No. MDRMX002 Operation Update No. 4

GLIDE no. FL-2007-000200-MEX

Period covered by this Operations Update: From 15 February to 17 December 2008.

Initial appeal budget: CHF 1,208,000 (USD 1,042,278 or EUR 722,056) Revised appeal budget: CHF 1,898,867 (USD 1,678,037 or EUR 1,285,711)

Appeal coverage: 100%

Appeal history:

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 200,000 (USD 173,563 or EUR 119,546) was allocated from the Federation's DREF to jumpstart the National Society's response.

- An Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 6 November 2007 for CHF 1,208,000 (USD 1,042,278 or EUR 722,056) for four months to assist 40,000 beneficiaries.

- The appeal budget was revised on 20 November 2007 to include additional income and allowing for an objective to be included in early recovery.

- The appeal was revised on 4 July 2008, to CHF 1,904,884 (USD 1,814,175 or EUR 1,170,795) in cash, kind, or services to support the Mexican Red Cross (MRC) to assist 44,380 beneficiaries for 8 months (January to August). The Revised Emergency Appeal responded to a request from the MRC and the affected communities. This includes support for longer-term recovery needs such as disaster preparedness programmes, rehabilitation of livelihoods and strengthening of the National Society.

- This operation update features a Revised Emergency Appeal budget of CHF 1,898,867 (USD 1,678,037 or EUR 1,285,711) reflecting the decrease of contributions due to the change in exchange rates, when outstanding donor contributions were paid in October.

Summary: Phase I of the emergency operation came to a close at the end of January 2008, after a three-month humanitarian relief effort to assist the affected families. Assistance provided in this appeal by the Federation and its partners has supported the wider Mexican Red Cross (MRC) relief operation and has met all planned targets. To date, 61,491 people have received assistance: 8,000 families have received standard relief kits, 5,000 families received cleaning kits, 6,491 children received school kits and 3,000 families received agricultural tool kits to assist in their recovery from the emergency.

The MRC with support from the Federation, Partner National Societies (PNS), governmental and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), the private sector and the general public, has conducted a highly successful operation delivering approximately 16,000 tonnes of humanitarian relief items benefiting an estimated 1.5 million people.