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Niger: Floods - DREF operation update n° 1 MDRNE012

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Period covered by this update: 06 September to 25 October 2013

Summary: CHF 200,379 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 06 September 2013 to support the Red Cross Society of Niger (RCSN) in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,600 families (11,200 beneficiaries).

This DREF operation was launched on the basis of a plan of action developed by the RCSN following the rapid needs assessment and coordination of actions with the authorities and other humanitarian organizations. Heavy rains caused severe flooding in the regions of Dosso, Niamey, Agadez, Zinder, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabéry and Diffa in August and September 2013. Over 162,846 people were reported affected. Through the DREF supported operation, the National Society responded immediately by providing non-food items from pre-positioned stock, carrying out sensitization activities and assisting in the evacuation and medical treatment of injured persons. Support has also been provided to the 1,600 targeted families through water and sanitation assistance.

This operation was expected to be implemented over three months, and completed by 6 December, 2013. However, due to delays in project implementation, there is a need to extend the DREF by one (1) month to complete the health education and epidemic prevention awareness campaign, assessment, cleaning and disinfection activities. The DREF operation will thus be completed by January 2014, a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by April 2014).

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