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Pakistan: Cyclone PHET and floods DREF operation n° MDRPK005 - Final Report

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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 final report: 8 June to 25 June 2010.

Summary: CHF 192,872 (USD 166,717 or EUR 139,717) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 8 June 2010 to support the Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to at least 1,000 families (7,000 beneficiaries) affected by Cyclone PHET and floods.

Tropical Cyclone PHET in the Arabian Sea hit the Oman coast on 4 June 2010. The cyclone hit the areas of Thatta and Bhanbor (Sindh) on 6 June 2010. It missed the coastal areas of Karachi. Pakistan Red Crescent Society (PRCS), with the provincial disaster management authority (PDMA), immediately responded to the oncoming disaster.The PRCS dispatched response and logistics teams to the affected areas in Sindh and were engaged in emergency evacuations, rapid assessment and relief provision. Based on urgent requests from local authorities, PRCS established a relief camp in Badin.

In the days before and during the cyclone hit, the coastal areas of Baluchistan and Sindh received heavy to very heavy rain fall accompanied with strong gusty wind. According to local media, more than 7,000 people wee evacuated from different areas of Badin district (Sindh).To provide the necessary assistance to the beneficiaries, a joint rapid assessment was carried out by PRCS and the International Federation country office in the affected areas in the immediate aftermath of the disaster. The assessment findings indicated that the needs on the ground were not as high as initially anticipated, with the government and other agencies responding effectively. As a result, following the assessment teams' recommendations, PRCS scaled down its response operation and the budget significantly. The budget wasrevised to CHF 50,000 (USD 45,935 or EUR 37,671).

The national society provided food, non-food items (kitchen sets, tarpaulin sheets, jerry cans, mosquito nets, and tents) and emergency health services to the affected populations of Gawadar, Pasni and Surbandar districts of the Baluchistan province. The DREF allocation of CHF 50,000 was used to support PRCS in conducting rapid assessments and providing food packages to 1,000 families. Other parts of the PRCS operation was supported by the national society's and the International Federation's existing in-country resources. However, at present, there is a balance of CHF 2, 475 (EUR 1,881; USD 2, 460) remaining; and this sum is being returned to DREF at the time of publication.

This operation was implemented from 8 to 25 June 2010.

The Canadian Red Cross and the Netherlands Red Cross/Netherlands government contributed funds for the replenishment of this DREF. Other major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian and Norwegian governments and the European Commission (ECHO). Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp

The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, on behalf of the Pakistan Red Crescent Society, would like to thank all donors and partners for their generous support to DREF.