Romania: Floods Appeal no. MDRRO001 Final Report

Situation Report
Originally published


In Brief

Final Report; Period covered: 29 April 2006 to 30 April 2007; Appeal target: CHF 631,853 (USD 517,770 or EUR 385,575); Final appeal coverage: 100 per cent.

Appeal history:

- Launched on 29 April 2006 for CHF 2,427,200 (USD 1.9 million or EUR 1.5 million) for 3 months to assist 13,000 beneficiaries.

- Operations Update no.1 issued on 10 May 2006 decreased the budget to CHF 2,067,057.

- Operations Update no.3 issued on 7 August 2006 extended the operation timeframe by three months, to 31 October 2006.

- Operations Update no.4 issued on 20 October 2006 extended the operation timeframe for an additional three months, up to 31 January 2007.

- In March 2007, the budget was revised to CHF 631,853 based on cash and in-kind donations received for this operation.

- Operations Update no.5 issued on 12 April 2007 extended the operation timeframe for an additional three months, up to 30 April 2007.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 168,930.

Operations summary: In April 2006, Romania was hit by the heaviest flooding in more than 100 years. The river Danube's defense system was destroyed and evacuation of people in the affected areas was carried out. A total of 226 locations in 22 counties were affected, with the south west and south east of the country being the most impacted. 13,401 persons were displaced to camps, host families and public buildings.

Thousands of beneficiaries were forced to live in tent camps and containers, reliant on external assistance for food, water and hygiene items. The relief operation in Romania focused on water and sanitation activities and a hygiene promotion campaign. Relief goods were received by the Romanian Red Cross (RRC), and were distributed in the field according to the plan of action based on needs assessment.

Funding to the Emergency Appeal has been slow, and the budget was on two occasions revised down to reflect this. The International Federation funding through this emergency appeal concentrated on completing food parcel distribution and construction of latrines and showers in camps in Dolj and Calarasi counties.

At the end of July 2006, all International Federation delegates and the Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT) members ended their mission in Romania. From 1 August 2006 the RRC staff managed the operation, with continuing support from the Regional Delegation in Budapest.

In addition to the DREF allocation, contributions to the appeal have been received from the American, British, Japanese, Liechtenstein, Monaco, Netherlands and Swiss Red Cross Societies. The RRC also received many inkind donations made bilaterally rather than through the appeal system.

This operation is aligned with the International Federation's Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity."

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

- In Romania: Stefan Gherman, Disaster Management Coordinator, Romanian Red Cross; email:; phone: +40 21 317 4032; fax: +40 21 312 84 52

- In Budapest: Slobodanka Curic, Regional Disaster Management Coordinator, Regional Delegation for Central Europe; email:; phone: + 36 20 344 01 22; fax: +36 1 248 33 22

- In Geneva: Erja Reinikainen, Federation Regional Officer, Europe Department; email:; phone: + 41 22 730 43 19; fax 41 22 733 03 95

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

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