Heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures that started on 31st January 2012 caused an emergency situation in the central and northern part of Montenegro. The most affected municipalities were: Kolasin, Mojkovac, Berane, Andrijevica, Plav, Rozaje, Bijelo Polje, Pljevlja, Zabljak, Savnik, Pluzine, Niksic, Cetinje and Bar. 1,500 families living in the villages surrounding those municipalities were completely cut off from the towns and the rest of the country. Most of them did not have electricity due to severe breakdowns caused by heavy snowfall and blizzards.
The targeted beneficiaries of the operation were mostly families consisting of elderly citizens, also families with children and families that live below the poverty line.
The Montenegro Red Cross was part of the National Coordinating Body for Emergency Situations; local Red Cross branches participated in the work of the Local Crisis Headquarters. The National Society distributed from its own emergency stocks some relief items (hygiene, tea, blankets, jackets, heaters) to the people who were trapped on the roads, as well as to some individuals who urgently needed these items in some of the villages. Following the results of the conducted needs assessment the National Society distributed 1,500 hygiene parcels, and food parcels, 660 pairs of boots, 1,155 blankets and 100 gas heaters to the beneficiaries who were selected based on their vulnerability.
This operation was implemented for two months, and was therefore completed by 7th April 2012.
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 Montenegro Red Cross, would like to extend their thanks to all donors and partners for their generous contributions. Details of all donors can be found at http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2012.pdf