Summary: CHF 412,626 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 23 August 2013 to support the Russian Red Cross in delivering assistance to some 9,000 beneficiaries.
Originally, this operation was expected to be implemented in four months, and completed by 31 December 2013. However, the operation was extended until 31 January 2014 due to harsh weather conditions that were hampering the distribution.
Russian Red Cross provided food, non-food, personal hygiene and sanitary items for the most 9,000 vulnerable people, affected by massive floods in three regions of Far East area: Amur region, Khabarovsk krai, and Jewish Autonomous Oblast. Relief distribution was implemented according to the initial schedule. The Russian Red Cross branches demonstrated high commitments and disaster response actions that allowed to public authorities to identify RRC branch in Khabarovsk krai as a leading agency on receipt and distribution of all humanitarian aid, arriving to the region by different channels.
The Russian Red Cross launched a country-wide resource mobilization campaign that allowed to attract an unimaginable amount of funds internally in the country – during October-December 2013 around CHF 7 million was mobilized that will be utilized for mid– and long term recovery and rehabilitation phases of disaster response. IFRC was only international agency that responded to this disaster and through its Regional Representation in Moscow provided overall coordination of this humanitarian operation with Russian Red Cross and ensured inter-agency coordination with state authorities: Russian EMERCOM at federal and regional levels, Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Regional Authorities of three affected regions: Amur region, Khabarovsk Krai and Jewish Autonomous Oblast.
There is a final balance of CHF 2,382 which will be returned to the DREF account.
The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian Governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Government, the Danish Red Cross and the Danish 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 the Monaco Government, the Netherlands Government, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian Government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and the Swedish Government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors.
On behalf of the Russian Red Cross, the IFRC would like to extend their thanks to all donors and partners for their generous contributions.