On 20 April 2014, 216,859 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Nicaraguan Red Cross (NRC) in the delivery of immediate assistance to up to 3,000 people.
An earthquake registering 6.2 on the Richter scale hit Nicaragua on 10 April 2014 at a depth of 10 km; it originated in Lake Managua, south-west of the municipality of La Paz Centro, Department of León.
Constant aftershocks occurred mainly affecting the municipalities of Managua, Mateare, La Paz Centro and Nagarote in the departments of León and Managua, respectively. The earthquake caused structural damage to dwellings and emotional suffering within the population.
The emergency shelters for families required basic conditions to be in place in order to meet the affected families' needs.
The DREF operation implemented by the Nicaraguan Red Cross over a period of four months assisted 1,016 families through psychosocial support, 799 families through basic health information, 150 families in shelters through hygiene kits, kitchen kits and jerrycans, 450 families received tarpaulins to cover their damaged roofs or walls and 450 others received vouchers for construction materials and food.
DREF Final Report Nicaragua: Earthquake Support from Red Cross volunteers during distribution of building materials - Source: “Hoy” (written press)
The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to thank the Commission's European Community Humanitarian Office (ECHO) for replenishing the DREF by up to 50 percent of the allocation made to this operation. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Belgian, American and Australian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross Society and government, the 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 thank everyone for their generous contributions. For more information on the DREF, please click here