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Kosovo: Extreme Winter Condition (MDRKV005) Operation Update n° 01

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Period covered by this update: 17 February to 30 March 2012

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 have been heavily affected. February 2012 brought even more snowfall with many villages buried under the snow reaching two meters in height and being cut off from road traffic and supply of goods and suffering electricity/ communication cuts. The snowstorm causing even an avalanche that 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 Kosovovo targeted 1,200 of the most vulnerable families with support in food and nonfood items. Following that a DREF supported relief operation was launched. During the reporting period distribution of all relief items was completed by the Red Cross organizations as per plan.

This operation is expected to be implemented in three months, and completed by16th May 2012. In In line with Federation reporting standards, the Final Report (narrative and financial) is due to be completed 90 days after the end of the operation (by 16 August 2012).