Moldova: Drought DREF Operation update n°1 (MDRMD005)

Period covered by this update: 29th November 2012 to 12th March 2013.

Summary: CHF 171,996 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Cross Society of Moldova in delivering immediate assistance to some 5,800 beneficiaries (2,240 families). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

In 2012, Moldova suffered the combined impacts of poor rainfall and extremely high temperatures that resulted in major losses in the national crop production.

Based on the situation, Moldova Red Cross requested a DREF allocation at the end of November 2012 to start implementing the operation addressing the needs and providing assistance to the most affected population in 11 regions.

The National Society has closely cooperated with the local public authorities, district departments of social assistance, target educational institutions during the selection of beneficiaries and the implementation of the distributions.

At the end of February, Moldova Red Cross has finalized the procurement of 2,240 food parcels for the first round of distribution that was completed by mid-March 2013. The procurement process caused some delays in the implementation of the operation that was related to the availability of some items for the food parcels on the local market. The second round of distribution can be organized in April that will be simultaneously implemented with the monitoring of the Project implementation.

Coordination meetings with all involved partners and volunteers will be conducted aiming at making conclusions, discussing the difficulties faced during the project implementation and future plans in preparedness and response to natural disasters. Therefore the National Society would like to extend the operation timeframe until 30th April 2013.

The Netherlands Government through the Netherlands Red Cross contributed CHF 51,437 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation.

The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian Governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Government, the Danish Red Cross and the Danish Government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian Governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg Government, the Monaco Red Cross and the Monaco Government, the Netherlands Red Cross and the Netherlands Government, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian Government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and the Swedish Government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Moldova Red Cross Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2012.pdf