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Cyclone Nargis Emergency appeal n° MDRMM002 - Operations update n° 31

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THIRD YEAR REPORT

This report consists of an overview of the third year of operations. For specific operational and programmatic details, please see Operations Update No.30 issued in March.

Period covered by this update: May 2010 to April 2011 Appeal target: CHF 68.5 millionAppeal coverage: 103%

Appeal history:

• 2 March 2011: The budget was revised down to CHF 68.5 million and the revised appeal extended by two months from May to end-July 2011. A final report will be made available by end-October. Field activities, however, will remain largely unaffected and are scheduled to conclude by early May, as per the emergency appeal of 8 July 2008.

• 8 July 2008: A revised emergency appeal was launched for CHF 73.9 million to assist 100,000 households for 36 months.

• 16 May 2008: An emergency appeal was launched for CHF 52,857,809 to assist 100,000 households for 36 months.

• 6 May 2008: A preliminary emergency appeal was launched for CHF 6,290,909 to assist 30,000 households for six months.

• 5 May 2008: CHF 200,000 was allocated from the International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF).

Summary:

The third year of the Nargis operation has seen a good level of progress, with most programmes close to reaching targets and concluding related project activities within agreed timeframes. In some programmes, targets have even been exceeded or second phases have been launched due to the positive feedback received from communities as well as the continuing need for support – these include the household shelter project, repairs to community buildings and infrastructure project, the livelihoods cash-for-work project and school-based hygiene promotions. Other activities which are providing vital support to communities and have been well-received by them include the extensive asset recovery project, and the community and schoolbased disaster risk reduction programmes. The water, sanitation and hygiene promotion programme saw a two-month suspension in late 2010 following concerns over the lack of sustainability of some water supply and storage infrastructure, and a need to evaluate and review related activities – accordingly, increased efforts have been placed on strengthening this aspect of the programme, along with integrating selected soft component activities such as providing guidance to communities to maintain and safeguard water and sanitation infrastructure.