Seychelles: Floods DREF Operation n° MDRSC003 Final Report


A. Situation analysis

Description of the disaster

Heavy rains and strong winds in the early hours of 24 January, 2014 resulted in flooding on the islands of La Digue, Praslin, and the northern parts of Mahe in the Seychelles. In the following days, ongoing rainfall and strong winds continued to affect the 3 islands. The main damages and effects reported were stagnant water in the lowland and coastal areas on La Digue and several landslides after the collapse of terraced fields/riverbanks. A total of 524 houses were flood on La Digue (250), Praslin (187) and Bel Ombre on Mahe (87). As a result CHF 69,342 was allocated from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Fund (DREF) to support Red Cross Society of Seychelles (RCSS) in assisting 887 households (approximately 4,435 people), who were affected by the flooding, which equates to 100 per cent of those targeted for 2 month initially.

An operation update of the DREF operation was issued on 4 April 2014,to extend the operation timeframe for an additional 2 months (until 31 May 2014).The extension was necessitated by a delay in procurement and custom clearance, printing of information, education and communication (IEC) materials, as well as obtaining of items from local markets due to limited availability. Additionally,through the operation update, the budget was revised to reflect levels of actual and or expected expenditures. As such, this final report covers the overall DREF operation, focusing on the operation results and impacts on the affected people, who were assisted from the start of the disaster on 24 January to 31 May 2014.

In collaboration with headquarters, the RCSS branches were more organized and better able to manage the operation by building on the experiences and lessons learnt from the 2013 flood operation. During a review of this DREF operation, carried out in May 2014, a participative workshop was carried out for RCSS staff and volunteers to enhance the understanding and operational aspects of DREF operations. A report from the operation review will be published shortly together with recommendations to improve preparedness and response capacities from all sides in consultation with the National Society’s leadership, partner national societies and IFRC regional representation in East Africa.

The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (DG ECHO) and Tsunami Residual Funds have contributed towards replenishing the DREF 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 government, Danish Red Cross and government, DG ECHO, the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors.

The affected population and stakeholders expressed appreciation to support provided by the RCSS through the DREF operation, recognizing that it contributed to preventing flood related diseases, such as dengue; and have sincerely thanked all partners for their contributions and support to this operation, which assisted their recovery following the disaster.