Rwanda: Floods DREF operation No. MDRRW003 operation update No. 1

Situation Report
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The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

Period covered by this update: 26 October, 2007 to 26 February 2008.

Summary: CHF 188,899 was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 26 October, 2007 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 1,020 households (5,100 beneficiaries.

Implementation of the Rwandan Red Cross plan of action is ongoing. Non-food items distributed so far include blankets, plastic sheeting, kitchen sets, sleeping mats and wrappers for women. Other items distributed include water tanks, water bladders and taps. In addition, the RRC is planting trees in areas that have suffered massive soil erosion.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 6 months, and completed by 17 April, 2008. In line with Federation reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) is due 90 days after the end of the operation.

The situation

The latest figures following the heavy rains, floods and landslides that occurred in the Rwandan Western Province, affecting Nyabihu and Rubavu districts indicate that a total of 18 lives were lost and 1,020 families displaced. Two people are still missing, nine people among those injured are undergoing treatment. A total of 342 houses have been completely damaged and 678 partially damaged with walls cracked, roofs blown away or windows shattered. The water system has also been damaged and this has raised fears of water contamination as the communities seek alternative water sources for domestic use. The affected areas are very productive agriculturally, producing almost 80 percent of potatoes and vegetables for local consumption. The displaced families are in two transit camps in Bigogwe and Kanzenze where the Rwandan Red Cross is managing their overall welfare. The National Society is recognized by the Rwandan Government as the lead agency in the management of the shelter camps. As shown in the table below, the total number of households sheltered in both camps has increased to over one thousand up from 644 as at October, 2007.

Table 1: Resettlement of the affected populations into transit sites

District Settlement site No. of households No. of people assisted Increase (%)
Nyabihu Bigogwe
Rubavu Kanzenze

Contact information

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Rwanda: Karamaga Apollinaire, Secretary General, Rwandan Red Cross, Kigali; email:; Telephone:+; Fax:+;

In Kenya: Dr. Asha Mohammed, Federation Head of Eastern Africa Zone, Nairobi; email:; Telephone: +; Fax +; or Philimon Majwa, Disaster Management Manager, Nairobi; email:; Telephone: +; Fax +

In Geneva: John Roche, Federation Operations Coordinator (East and Southern Africa); email:; Telephone: +41.792.518.014; Fax +41.22.730.0395;