216,859 Swiss francs have been allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Nicaraguan Red Cross (NRC) in delivering immediate assistance for up to 3,000 people. Un-earmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
An earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Nicaragua on 10 April 2014 at a depth of 10 kilometers, originating in Lake Managua, south-west of the municipality of La Paz Centro, Department of León. Constant aftershocks have occurred, which have mainly affected the municipalities of Managua, Mateare, La Paz Centro and Nagarote in the departments of León and Managua respectively. The earthquake resulted in structural damage to dwellings and emotional suffering to the population. Shelters for families require basic conditions to be able to meet the affected families' needs.
The DREF operation implemented by the Nicaraguan Red Cross has allowed assisting 1,016 families through psycho- social support; 799 families through basic health information; 147 families in shelters through hygiene kits, kitchen kits and jerrycans; and 450 other families through tarpaulins to cover their damaged roofs or walls. However, the National Society requests a one-month extension of the implementation timeframe in order to complete the distribution of both construction material and food vouchers. This operation is now expected to conclude on 20 August 2014.
The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to the Commission's European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) for their generous contributions to replenish the allocation made to this operation. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the national society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. The Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO) has replenished the DREF up to 50 per cent for the allocation made to this operation.