Namibia: Caprivi Floods Emergency Appeal no. MDRNA003 Operations Update no. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Appeal no. MDRNA003; Operations Update no. 1; Period covered: 22 March to 22 April 2007; Appeal coverage: 41.3%.

Appeal history:

- Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 March 2007 for CHF 877,479 (USD 719,245 or EUR 545,018) to assist 15,000 beneficiaries (3,000 families) for six months.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 112, 877.

Outstanding needs: CHF 515,410 (USD 423,857 or EUR 318,154).

Operational Summary: To date, flooding in the Caprivi Region of Namibia has resulted in nine deaths and displaced over 6,000 people from two constituencies (Kabbe and Katima Rural). The displaced people, who lost their homes and crops, relocated to camps in upland areas of Lusese, Kabbe, Schuckmansburg and Impalila.

The Namibia Red Cross, in support of government efforts to assist the affected people, proposed to assist at least 3,000 flood-affected households in need of shelter, water, sanitation, health, hygiene promotion and provision of non-food items for six months. The Federation regional delegation in Harare has been providing technical support, focusing on capacity building of the Namibia Red Cross.

Since the operation begun, over 6,000 beneficiaries have been registered in relocation sites and relief items have been distributed to 2,077 families. The items include 1,763 tarpaulins, 3,589 blankets, 880 jerry cans, 318 mosquito nets, 434 bars of soap and 33,952 sachets of water purification chemicals.

The existing partnership between the Regional Emergency Management Unit (REMU) and the Namibia Red Cross has been enhanced through collaboration in planning and implementation of the relief operation.

This operation is aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Namibia: Shannon Schroeder, Acting Secretary General, Namibia Red Cross, Windhoek; Email; Telephone +264.61.235. 216; Fax +

In Zimbabwe: Françoise Le Goff, Head of Southern Africa Regional Delegation, Harare; Email:; Telephone: +, +; Fax: +

In Geneva: John Roche, Federation Regional Officer for Southern Africa, Africa Department, Geneva;Email:; Telephone: +41.22.730.44.00, Fax: +41.22.733.03.95

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