Romania: Floods Appeal no. MDRRO001 Operations Update no. 3

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Period covered: 31 May to 31 July 2006

Appeal target: CHF 2,067,057 (USD 1,692,095 or EUR 1,314,375)

Appeal coverage: 39.6%

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 decreased the budget to CHF 2,067,057 on 10 May.

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

Operational Summary:

The operation continues in Romania with a focus on relief efforts - food parcel distribution to those still suffering from the effects of the spring flooding, many of whom are not able to return to their homes. Solutions to the long term shelter question are still under discussion in the municipalities, including the issue of where to rebuild communities at risk. In the meantime 3,261 people continue to live in tent camps and containers, reliant on external assistance for food, water and hygiene items. Funding has been slow to come in to the Emergency Appeal. However, as the needs are still huge, this Operations Update is requesting an extension of the operational timeframe by three months to 31 October 2006, in order to complete the food parcel distribution. The final report will also be completed by that date. Red Cross latrine and shower construction in the camps in Dolj and Calarasi counties are being finalized, and are expected to be completed in mid August. Materials have been prepared for a hygiene promotion campaign, which is expected to get under way once a local Romanian Red Cross coordinator has been recruited and the funding has been secured through local donations. Federation funding through this Emergency Appeal will concentrate on completing food parcel distribution by the end of October 2006. At the end of July, both the international water and sanitation delegate and the Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT) leader ended their missions in Roman ia. From 1 August the Romanian RC local staff will manage the operation, with continuing support through the regional delegation Budapest.

In addition to the DREF allocation, contributions to the appeal have been received from the American, British, Japa nese, Liechtenstein, Monaco and Netherlands Red Cross Societies. In addition relief goods have been received by the Romanian Red Cross on a bilateral basis, and further deliveries are under discussion.

The International Federation undertakes activities that are aligned with its 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.


Three months since the first floods began - linked to heavy downpours that also overflowed parts of the Danube river and collapsed part of the country's system of dykes - the rains have ceased and water in the affected areas has receded. The number of people displaced by floods and unable to return to their homes is now stable (3,261 instead of 11,271 at the end of June), with the majority living in Rast and Calarasi. Discussions are still continuing in the affected municipalities to find longer term shelter solutions for those affected. Some villages may be relocated, such as the village of Ostrov (Constanta county), Rast (Dolj county) and Chiselet (Calarasi county), as they are either situated in very high-risk areas or in crypt depressions filled with stagnant water that experts predict would remain for a few years.

The end of June brought further flooding to Suceava, Bistrita Nasaud and Maramures in the north of the country, Sibiu and Harghita in the centre (rain, heavy winds and hail storms) and Arges and Mehedinti in the south. According to information from the Ministry of Interior, some 303 houses and 1,940 households were affected, with 12.2 km of county roads, and 28.5 km of local roads damaged. A total of 27 municipalities were without electricity. Local authority and Ministry of Defence staff was deployed to assist the affected population. The RC branches in the affected counties assessed the situation in close contact with the local authorities and responded with their own stocks.

During the reporting period the Romanian RC was invited to attend a meeting of the National Committee for Emergency Situations for the first time. Under Romanian law, the Romanian RC is entrusted with a specific response task in case of a disaster, and for this reason has the right to attend such meetings. The director general of the Romanian RC took the opportunity to inform the members of the committee about the activities of the Romanian RC in the floods, as well as the coordination efforts of all humanitarian agencies through the interagency meetings.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Romania: Romanian Red Cross, Mihaela Steriu, Director General,, phone: +40 21 317 4032, fax: +40 21 312 84 52

In Budapest Regional Delegation: Slobodanka Curic, Regional DM coordinator,, phone: +387 65 665 747, fax: +387 59 260 383

In Geneva: Erja Reinikainen, Federation Regional Officer, Europe Department,, phone +41.22.730.49.19, fax: +41.22.733.03.95; or Marina Mazmanian, Federation Regional Assistant, Europe Department,, +41.22.730.44.54, 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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