This update provides an overview of the progress made since the allocation of CHF 117,349 from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 4 January 2017 – which was followed by the launch of Emergency Appeal operation on 10 February 2017 – to support the Mongolian Red Cross Society (MRCS) in meeting relief and recovery needs of people affected by ongoing extreme winter conditions, locally known as Dzud.
The main focus of MRCS during the timeframe covered has been on planning, assessments, monitoring and implementation of cash transfer component. In this regard, 1,000 most vulnerable households (approximately 5,000 people) of four most affected provinces - Khuvsgul, Zavkhan, Uvs and Selenge have been assisted with cash transfer worth MNT 245,000 (approximately CHF 101) per household. The unconditional cash assistance provided will enable the most affected vulnerable households to address a range of immediate needs from food, medicine, sanitation, hygiene to education for children.
The appeal received contributions from the American Red Cross, British Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross, Finnish Red Cross, Japanese Red Cross Society, Red Cross of Monaco and Swedish Red Cross Societies, and as well from Airbus. On behalf of the Mongolian Red Cross Society, the IFRC appreciates partners’ generous support to the operation.