Russian Federation Floods DREF operation n° MDRRU016

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CHF 412,626 has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Russian Red Cross Society in delivering immediate assistance to 3,000 families (9,000 people – three person per family being the average size) in Far East and Siberia Regions affected by massive flash floods. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: Flash floods caused by torrential rain have swept the Far East Region of Russia covering three big regions: Khabarovsk krai, Amur region, and the Jewish Autonomous Oblast (JAO). The level of water in Amur river significantly increased to its historical maximum from the last 100 years of 6,88 meters above normal. According to the forecast of State Hydro Meteorological Services of Russia, this level might increase until 7,0 meters with more significant negative consequences. According to the Emergency Report of Russian EMERCOM, altogether 137 settlements, 6,321 houses populated by 34,135 people, 216 sections of local roads and 59 road bridges remain flooded in 25 municipalities in the Far Eastern Federal District.

According to the assessment conducted by the Russian Red Cross, 3,000 families (9,000 people) are considered to be worst affected by the floods in the Far East Region of Russia. The local authorities are doing their utmost to stabilize the situation but they have already contacted the Russian Red Cross regional branches, asking for humanitarian aid. The Russian Red Cross Society has asked for the support of the International Federation in the provision of funds for food parcels, hygiene kits, bed linen sets, blankets, and pillows to be distributed to the 3,000 affected families.

This operation is expected to be implemented over four months, and will therefore be completed by the end of December 2013. A final report will be made available by the end of March 2014.