Summary: CHF 204,963 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 17 February 2012 to support the Red Cross organizations in Kosovo in delivering assistance to some 6,000 beneficiaries.
Due to extremely low temperatures and windstorms followed by heavy snowfall starting in January this year, several municipalities in Kosovo were heavily affected. February 2012 had brought even more snowfall with many villages buried under the snow reaching two meters in height and cut off from road traffic and supply of goods and suffering electricity/ communication cuts. The snowstorm causing even an avalanche that had resulted in nine fatalities with one person rescued in the village of Restelica, Dragash municipality.
The Red Cross organisations in Kosovo activated their disaster response teams in order to assess the situation and respond accordingly. According to the assessments from the RC branches, a total of 3,800 families were affected and Red Cross organizations in Kosovo targeted 1,200 of the most vulnerable families with support in food and nonfood items. Based on the results of the assessment, a DREF supported relief operation was launched. During the reporting period distribution of all relief items was completed by the Red Cross organizations according to the planned activities.
Two lessons learnt workshops were conducted in April 2012 by the RC organizations in Kosovo. Objectives of the workshops were to analyze Red Cross organization extreme winter condition response operation; preparedness and response capacities of the Red Cross in regard to possible floods or other crisis.
A beneficiary satisfaction survey was conducted among the people assisted through the two DREF operations (MDRKV004 and MDRKV005) responding to extreme winter condition during January-February 2012, the report on the findings of the survey was published in May. During the survey a total of 370 families were interviewed in all of the affected areas. 44 volunteers and 5 Red Cross staff were involved in conducting the survey.
This operation was implemented over three months as planned, and was completed by 16 May 2012; a Final Report (narrative and financial) is submitted as required.
The Canadian Red Cross/CIDA contributed CHF 27,617 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. 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 Red Cross and 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.
The IFRC, on behalf of the Red Cross organizations in Kosovo, would like to extend their thanks to all donors and partners for their generous contributions. Details of all donors can be found at http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MAA00010_2012.pdf