Namibia: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRNA004 Final Report

Situation Report
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Period covered by this Final Report: 25 March 2009 to 31 August 2009.

Appeal target (current): CHF 2,121,518 (USD 1,878,181 or EUR 1,403,594)

Final Appeal coverage: 80%

Appeal history:

• CHF 146,695 was allocated on 11 March 2009 from the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies’ (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) provide immediate assistance to 4,000 households (20,000 beneficiaries) displaced by floods. After a rapid assessment of the needs, a second DREF of CHF 129,000 was released to scale-up the emergency water and sanitation activities in aid of approximately 13,000 displaced persons living in 31 relocation camps.

• An Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 25 March 2009 for CHF 1,494,980 (USD1.3 million or EUR 979,849) for a six months operation. The appeal budget was revised to CHF 1,569,797 (USD 1,376,399 or EUR 1,033,080) in the first operations update and to CHF 2,121,518 (USD 1,878,181 or EUR 1,403,594) in the fourth operations update to include additional operational costs, including the deployment of the Mass Sanitation emergency response unit (ERU).

Summary: Heavy rains which began in February 2009 led to flush floods, affecting almost 700,000 people in the northern and north eastern parts of Namibia. Of these, 56,545 people were displaced, an estimated 105 deaths reported and 545,000 people identified to be at risk of food insecurity during the 2009/2010 agricultural season. The NRCS emergency relief operation’s focus was on providing temporary shelter, clean water, sanitation facilities and promoting health and hygiene practices.

In addition to the technical support to the National Society, the IFRC facilitated the deployment of a British Red Cross led Mass Sanitation Module (MSM20) ERU team to the most affected Caprivi and Kavango regions. Immediately, the MSM20 ERU constructed latrines, embarked on hygiene promotion activities and strengthening coping mechanisms at community level. The ERU deployment was made possible by financial and human resources contributions from the British, Spanish, Irish and Swedish Red Cross Societies, as well as additional DREF from the IFRC. The team implemented their activities over a period of two months beginning 25 April 2009.

The planned activities were completed, and after the reconciliation of the funding support the balance of the funds will be used for ongoing Disaster Management activities under the regional development plan.