Niger: Floods DREF operation n° MDRNE011 update n°1

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Summary: CHF 284,456 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Cross Society of Niger (RCSN) in delivering immediate assistance to 1,500 households affected by floods.

This DREF operation was launched on 6 September 2012, following the heavy rains that caused severe flooding in the regions of Dosso, Niamey, Agadez, Zinder, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabéry and Diffa, affecting over 530,952 persons. RCSN initiated their response with performing rapid needs assessments and developed a plan of action, in coordination with the authorities and other humanitarian organizations.

With the support of the DREF, the National Society could provide immediate assistance to flood affected families, including non-food items (NFIs) from pre-positioned stock, and assist in the evacuation and medical treatment of injured persons. In total 760 household kits have been distributed so far, out of the planned 1,500. 3,500 persons have been reached with health education and epidemic prevention awareness raising activities, while 7,000 more persons will be reached during the coming weeks. Furthermore, the RCSN has provided safe water and improved sanitary conditions to the flood affected families.

Delay in project activities has been due to the need to relocate some of the beneficiaries targeted by this DREF, following the rise of the waters of Niger River, bringing about the need to evacuate temporary sites hosting the displaced population. This has posed unexpected challenges for the government leading the exercise as some families were unwilling to relocate to a new site. Some went back to the disaster affected area and since the government guidelines required agencies to provide assistance to the displaced only in the appointed sites, implementation of some of the activities were delayed.

The original DREF operation was intended to be completed after three (3) months in December 6, 2012. However, due to delay in project implementation there is a need to extend the DREF with two (2) months in order to complete the NFI distribution activities and health education and epidemic prevention awareness raising. The DREF operation will thus be finalized 6 February 2013, with a final report issued 6 May 2013.

This DREF has been replenished (100%) by DG ECHO, Belgian Red Cross/Government, the Netherlands Red Cross/Government and Canadian Red Cross/CIDA. The IFRC, on behalf Red Cross Society of Niger would like to extend thanks to all partners for their generous contributions.