Nigeria /West Africa: Floods DREF operation n° MDRNG010 - Update n°1

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GLIDE n° FF-2011-000088-NGA

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent emergency response. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation’s disaster response system and increases the ability of National Societies to respond to disasters.

Period covered by this update: 25th July- 30 September 2011.

Summary: CHF 289,282 was allocated from the International Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 25 July, 2011 to support the Nigeria Red Cross Society (NRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to some 12,500 beneficiaries for 4 months, by conducting in-depth assessment, supporting 2011 flood preparedness programs and prepositioning relief materials. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

The NRCS has been providing assistance to some of the persons affected by the floods disaster caused by the heavy downpour in Lagos and Ibadan, south-west of Nigeria in July and August, 2011 respectively.

The NRCS collaborated with Lagos State Emergency Management Agency (LASEMA), National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) and other humanitarian agencies to carry out a joint assessment in the affected areas. With the technical support of the IFRC, the national society has distributed 75% of its target relief items, and 65.4% of water and sanitation items during this reporting period. 187 Red Cross volunteers have been trained on registration and distribution strategies as well as hygiene promotion, and they are effectively involved in the ongoing implementation of planned activities in Lagos State. Additionally, the NRCS, supported by the DREF pre-positioned items, provided support to 300 household in 2 most flood-affected areas in neighbouring Oyo State.

This operation has a duration of 4 months, with a Final Report due by February, 2012.

The NRCS and IFRC express their appreciation to Netherlands and Canadian Red Cross and governments for their contributions to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The major donors and partners of 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 U.S.A., as well as DG-ECHO, the U.K. 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, thanks all for their generous contributions. Details of contributions to DREF are found at: