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). The DREF operation was launched on a basis of a plan of action developed by RCSN following the rapid needs assessments and coordination of actions with the authorities and other humanitarian organizations. Indeed, heavy rains caused severe flooding in the regions of Dosso, Niamey, Agadez, Zinder, Maradi, Tahoua, Tillabery and Diffa in August and September 2013. More than 162,846 people were reported affected. Through the DREF supported operation, the National Society responded immediately providing non-food items from pre-positioned stock, sensitization and assisting in the evacuation and medical treatment of injured persons. Support was also provided to the 1,600 targeted families through water and sanitation assistance.
This operation was planned to be implemented over three months, and completed on 6 December, 2013. However, due to delay in project implementation it was extended with one (1) month in order to complete the health education and epidemic prevention awareness campaign, assessment as well as the cleaning, disinfection activities. The main reasons of delay were related to difficult access to the beneficiary villages due to impassable roads. The DREF operation was thus completed on 6 January 2014.
This DREF was replenished (100%) by the Netherlands Red Cross/SEF (CHF 61,851), Belgian Red Cross/Government (CHF 60,000), and DG ECHO (CHF 78,528). The major donors and partners of the DREF include the Red Cross Societies and governments of Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Monaco, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the USA, as well as DG ECHO, the UK Department for International Development (DFID) the Medtronic, Zurich and Coca Cola Foundations and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the Red Cross Society of Niger would like to extend many thanks to all partners for their generous contributions