Sierra Leone: Fire - DREF operation n° MDRSL004

CHF 167,769 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support Sierra Leone National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 2,253 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary:

Currently, Sierra Leone is facing heightened risks of fire outbreaks due to the hot and dry season.

During the first week of January 2013, houses in five communities of Bompilia, Dandabu, Robenk, Gbarefeh and Blamah Gbanie were completely burned down by fire, leaving 2,253 persons without shelter and any other means of accommodation. The current weather involving the hot and dry winds from Sahara expose the displaced families to very harsh conditions and therefore require an urgent response.

Sierra Leone Red Cross (SL RC) has mobilized 20 staff and volunteers who are currently providing first aid services in the affected communities, and assessing the situation.

With this DREF operation, SL RC intends to undertake a detailed situation and needs assessment while providing emergency assistance to the families left without shelter. The emergency assistance will include temporary shelter, basic household items for displaced families and first aid services in the affected communities.

Since this hot and dry season particularly heightens the risk for outbreaks of fires, this DREF also includes a preparedness component through increasing the capacity of the national society to respond to disasters involving fire, and raising awareness of affected families and high risk populations about the risk of fires and how to minimize the risks.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 15 April 2013. A final report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 15 July 2013).