Romania: Floods Appeal no. MDRRO001 Operations Update no. 5

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Period covered: 1 October 2006 to 31 March 2007

Appeal target: Revised from CHF 2,067,057 (USD 1,693,955 or EUR 1,261,380) to CHF 631,853 (USD 517,770 or EUR 385,575)

Appeal coverage: 100 %

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 has been revised to CHF 631,853 based on cash and in-kind donations received for this operation.

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

Operational Summary:

This update requests an extension of the timeframe of the Romania Floods operation until 30 April 2007, due to some expenditure that still has to be reported. The relief operation has been finalised and the additional time will be used for completing the final narrative and financial reports to be issued within three months after the end of the operation (by 31 July, 2007).

During the reporting period the operation continued in Romania with a focus on further relief efforts, specifically food parcel distribution in Tulcea and Dolj counties to those still suffering from the effects of the floods that hit the country in April 2006.

In addition to the DREF allocation of CHF 168,930, contributions to the appeal have been received from the Red Cross Societies of Britain, Japan, Liechtenstein, Monaco, the Netherlands, United States of America and Switzerland. In addition, relief items have been received by the Romanian Red Cross on a bilateral basis.

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.


During the period from 1 October 2006 to 31 March 2007, the Romanian Red Cross (RRC) focused on food parcel distribution to the most affected flood victims in counties of Dolj and Tulcea. The procurement was done at branch level with the funds received through the emergency appeal. The process was closely monitored by RRC headquarters (HQ), ensuring that the standards were maintained.

As a significant achievement of the reporting period, the RRC was invited to attend a meeting of the National Committee for Emergency Situations for the first time. Under Romanian law, the RRC is entrusted with a specific response task in case of a disaster and therefore has the right to attend such meetings. The Director General of the RRC took the opportunity to inform the members of the committee about the activities of the RRC during 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: Mihaela Steriu, Director General, 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: +387 65 665 747; fax: +387 59 260 383

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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