Peru Floods DREF operation n° MDRPE005 Update n°2


DREF operation n° MDRPE005 GLIDE n° FL-2011-000198-PER Update n°2 – 14 September 2012

Period covered by this update: 10 July to 16 August, 2012.

Summary: 255,940 Swiss francs have been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Peruvian Red Cross (PRC) in delivering immediate assistance to 800 families (some 4,000 beneficiaries).

Since the historical overflowing of the Amazon river in March 2012 that severely affected Loreto region, the National Society, has successfully reached 3,376 affected families (16,880 persons). With the support of the DREF and other Partner National Societies, the PRC implemented a plan of action that effectively integrated health campaigns, psychosocial support, vector control activities, cleaning of homes and communities, and distribution of relief items and safe water, with Red Cross volunteers assisting families from the moment of arrival into collective centres, until their return to the communities. Additionally, Red Cross volunteers were trained in emergency shelter and, to gain the most of this response operation, the Peruvian Red Cross organized a lessons learned workshop with representatives of the National Society, Partner National Societies, the secretariat and other humanitarian organizations. A summary of the main conclusions will be shared on the final report.

Although all planned activities have been implemented as intended, the household water filters were delayed in customs longer than anticipated. These filters, with the goal of ensuring access to safe drinking water on a longer term, are now introduced in the country and dispatched to the Loreto region. However, the National Society has requested a one-month extension of the operation to ensure their adequate distribution in the communities, as many of them are very isolated and only reachable through river transportation. The operation will now conclude on 17 September 2012.

The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross Society and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom 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, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions. The Belgian Red Cross and government have replenished the DREF for the allocation made to this operation.