Mongolia

Mongolia: Floods (MDRMN002), DREF Operation Final Report

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Summary:

CHF 240,000 (USD 224,073 or EUR 157,897) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 21 July 2009 to support the Mongolian Red Cross in delivering assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries.

The whole of Ulaanbaatar city and a part of the territories in three rural provinces were affected by devastating flash floods in late July 2009. With financial and technical assistance from the International Federation, the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) supported up to 1,900 worst affected households in addressing their most critical needs such as food items, clothing, boots, bedding, water storage containers, hygiene education and sanitation items.

The DREF operation also helped identify the strengths and weaknesses of the National Society both at headquarters and branch levels as well as strengthen capacity in many different sectors including staff skills development, disaster preparedness, decision making and coordination mechanism.

The revision and extension of the DREF operation was used as an opportunity to have a deeper look of the National Society capacity issues to meet new vulnerabilities posed by rapid and unplanned urbanization (for example, jerry cans to meet water and sanitation needs) and replenish the disaster relief stock accordingly. A lessons learnt workshop was organized as an essential part of the final review of the DREF operation. As a result of the workshop/review, potential capacity building solutions which apply internally to disaster preparedness and logistics, and externally, to the coordination and integration with the Government and other key actors in disaster management, will be considered in the National Society's strategic planning process.

An unspent balance of CHF 1,696 was returned to the DREF. This Final Report is complete with regards to the implementation of activities.