Moldova: Floods DREF operation no. MDRMD002

Situation Report
Originally published


The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 198,952 (USD 189,478 or EUR 121,683) has been allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,500 families and in replenishing its emergency stocks.

Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged. An emergency appeal will be issued in the next few days.

Summary: Heavy rains and storms at the end of July have caused floods in northern Moldova. Thousands of people have been evacuated; houses, bridges and roads have been damaged in the affected regions. People have been left without safe drinking water because of the flooded wells.

The operation aims to provide immediate support to the most vulnerable groups of the population by distributing basic food items, hygiene kits, blankets, bed-linens, mattresses and water filters to 1,500 affected families.

This DREF operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 30 October, 2008; a final report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 30 January, 2009).

A more detailed assessment of the most urgent needs is currently ongoing, and the International Federation will issue an emergency appeal for international assistance in the next few days.