This Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,811,530 in cash, kind, or services to support the Namibia Red Cross Society to assist 37,457 displaced people/ 9,364 families for six months. CHF 296,472 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.
The Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) is requesting for international assistance through the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to scale up and otherwise continue the response operation in the country. The support is aimed at assisting families affected by floods. Government declared the floods a national emergency on 29 March 2011.
The river water levels in northern Namibia are already 30-40 cm higher than the peak period of the emergency flood conditions of 2009 which affected 350,000 (17% of the population). The most severe flooding is currently occurring in the regions of Oshikoto, Oshana, Ohangwena and Omusiti. Heavy flooding has to date displaced 37,457 people and destroyed houses and crops, as well as roads and other infrastructure. Some communities affected are not reachable as roads have been destroyed. The affected people are in dire need of relief assistance in the form of food, shelter, blankets, bed nets, clean water, sanitation and hygiene and health education.
The DREF allocation received from the International Federation of Red Cross was utilised during the initial rapid assessment and relief operation. Since the DREF operation was launched, the flood situation has worsened, necessitating the launch of this emergency appeal in order to continue support and reach more people.
This emergency appeal will target these most vulnerable 9,364 displaced families, providing support in the form of relief items, emergency shelter, emergency heath, water and sanitation, and hygiene promotion. It will also seek to enhance the capacity of the National Society to deliver an effective response during this operation and in the future.
This operation is expected to be implemented for a period of six months, and will therefore be completed by 30 September 2011; a final report will be made available by December 2011 (three months after the end of the operation.
All operations-related appeals, reports, updates and information are available on the Appeals, plans and updates section of the web site: http://www.ifrc.org/en/publications-and-reports/appeals/