The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) 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 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 83,930 (USD 82,400 or EUR 56,870) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Cross of Montenegro in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,100 beneficiaries.
Summary: Heavy and continuing rainfalls in January 2010 caused flooding in several municipalities in Montenegro leading to property damage and partial evacuation of the affected population. Some 1,100 persons or 245 households in the municipalities Podgorica, Tuzi, Golubovci, Cetinje, Ulcinj and Bar were seriously affected by the floods.
The damage was exacerbated due to electricity and water cuts while cattle and crops were killed or destroyed cutting the main source of food for the affected population.
In order to cope with the severe situation the affected population received assistance including food, hygiene items, clothes and shoes, blankets and jerry cans. The Red Cross of Montenegro immediately began responding at national and local level, and offered supplies from its own warehouse. Since this was not enough to cover all the identified needs, the National Society applied for DREF support.
A balance of CHF 4,801 will be reimbursed to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund. Details of all donors to the Disaster Relief Emergency Fund can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp