Morocco

Morocco: Floods in Agadir DREF operation n° MDRMA002

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GLIDE n=B0 2009-000265-MAR

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 75,652 (USD 73,530 or EUR 50,910) has been allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Moroccan Red Crescent Society (Moroccan RC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,875 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Floods caused by heavy rains have killed five people, injured 20, and left many thousands homeless in and around Moroccan town of Agadir on 24 December 2009. 1,500 families are estimated to have been affected by the worst floods the region has been experiencing since decades.

Three of the 12 districts of the surrounding Agadir province have been hit by the floods and many homes have been inundated. The National Society has benefited from in kind and cash donations from other actors and is seeking to complement the operation with this DREF request. The DREF will support the Moroccan RC in assisting 375 families (1,875 beneficiaries) with relief items and in building the National Society's capacity.

The operation has started on 29 December 2009. It is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 31 March, 2010; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 30 June, 2010).