Nigeria: Floods Revised Emergency Appeal MDRNG014

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This Revised Emergency Appeal revises the budget upwards to CHF 3,923,663 (from CHF 3,453,527) and extends the operation timeframe for an additional 3 months to 31 December 2013 to support the Nigerian Red Cross Society to respond to the remaining needs of communities affected by the floods. This operation will be completed by the end of December 2013 and a final report made available by end March 2014.

Appeal target (current): CHF 3,923,663.

Appeal coverage: over 100% (against the former budget of CHF 3.4m) and 98% (against the now revised budget of 3.9m

Appeal history:

· This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 29 September 2012 for CHF 899,094 to assist 10,000 beneficiaries for 6 months.

· CHF 200,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Nigerian Red Cross Society (NRCS) to respond.

· The Emergency Appeal was launched on 22 November 2012 to expand the operation in terms of geographic scope, activities, budget and duration, with completion targeted for 25 September 2013.

· Operation Update no°1 was issued on 27 December 2012.

· Operation Update no°2 was issued on 28 January 2013.

· A Six- month summary update was issued on 25 April 2013.

Summary: This Emergency Appeal has currently received over 100 percent of the requested funding enabling the deployment of a full operational team to the field. This revision presents an updated strategy, based on an analysis of the appropriateness of previously planned activities in response to changes in the context. Following shelter and water and sanitation recovery assessments, the primary focus will move to early recovery.

Due to a range of contextual and environmental factors, there is a need to extend the timeframe of the flood operation of this appeal until 31 December 2013 in order to ensure that the remaining needs of communities affected by the floods can be addressed. The appeal extension also reflects the consequences of the operational challenges and constraints that have been experienced throughout the previous months.Furthermore,the Emergency Appeal, which was previously covering 11 affected states (Adamawa, Anambra, Bayelsa, Benue, Delta, Edo, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Rivers and Taraba), will now include Lmo State.

In the revised Emergency Appeal, planned activities will continue to include relief distributions, hygiene and health promotion. Following assessments carried out; there will also be an increase to the emergency shelter kits distributed and the construction of 100 shelters in 3 vulnerable communities in Kogi state.

The displaced population did not stay in IDP camps or settlements for long but returned to their homes much earlier than anticipated. As a result of this, the contents of the emergency shelter package were revised at an early stage to accommodate the changed needs of repair materials for families returning to their homes. The number of tarpaulins was reduced to one per returnee family and the timber was excluded from the package. These changes are reflected in the revised shelter outcomes.

In terms of water and sanitation, a number of further revisions have become necessary due to a range of complexities experienced within the operation, including increasing prices materials. The number of beneficiaries receiving hygiene promotion items alongside relief has been reduced to 4,000 households in 12 states. Households receiving the health and hygiene sensitization will be maintained at 7,142 households (28,000 beneficiaries alongside relief, and an additional 22,000 in Edo, Delta and Kogi states). The latrines strategy has been changed from the construction of 200 emergency latrines (25 were built only at the emergency phase in Edo state) to the construction of 20 VIP latrines in Kogi state (3 institutional and 17 households).

An additional aspect to the Emergency Appeal revision will be increased emphasis on preparedness for emerging crises, which are predicted to result from the rainy season of 2013. A stock preposition strategy will be implemented over the coming weeks to increase response efficiencies.

The operation in Nigeria continues to function in a challenging security environment. In different areas of the country, operations are coordinated and planned considering security restraints and implemented accordingly.

On behalf of the NRCS, IFRC thanks all donors, partners and beneficiaries for their invaluable support for the operation.