This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,250,355 (USD 1,193,428 or EUR 765,881) in cash, kind, or services to support the Moldovan and Ukrainian National Red Cross Societies to assist 60,000 beneficiaries for eight months.
A total of CHF 636,942 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF), to support the initial phase of operations in Ukraine (CHF 437,942) and Moldova (CHF 199,000) respectively. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.
Flooding on the Dniester and Prut rivers has resulted in over 30 deaths, some 30,000 people displaced and up to one billion dollars worth of damages, according to government figures. Based on the situation, this Emergency Appeal responds to a request from the National Societies, and focuses on providing support to take an appropriate and timely response in delivering assistance and relief in the following sectors: water supply (filters), emergency food aid, hygiene supplies, household kits, bedding, repair work and psychological support.
This operation is expected to be implemented over eight months, and will therefore be completed by April 2009; a Final Report will be made available by July 2009 (three months after the end of the operation).
The worst storms in over two centuries have led to devastating flooding in some of the most impoverished parts of Ukraine and Moldova. More than 38 lives were lost in western Ukraine, with dozens more people still missing. Thousands of homes were destroyed or made uninhabitable and the homes of more than 20,000 people had to be evacuated. The governments will be providing assistance related to the rebuilding of the houses. Estimates put the damage at over one billion US dollars.