Somalia: Tropical Cyclone DREF operation n° MDRSO002 Update no. 1

Summary: CHF 67,841 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 18 November, 2013 to support the Somali Red Crescent Society (SRCS) in conducting an initial needs assessment, provide emergency health care and water to communities worst affected by the Tropical Cyclone Disaster targeting an initial 300 beneficiaries.

To appropriately determine the scope of intervention, the Somali Red Crescent Society supported by the Somalia Delegation and the IFRC Regional Representation conducted a comprehensive assessment exercise in accessible affected areas between 16 and 24 November 2013 covering the 9 affected districts within Nugaal and Bari regions.

An IFRC operational support team was immediately deployed to Puntland to provide technical and financial support services to the SRCS branches in Garowe and Bosaso. The team arrived in Garowe aboard the cargo flight chartered by the IFRC Somalia Delegation transporting the NFIs.

SRCS was part of the Inter-Agency Group assessment team comprised of international organizations formed to determine the extent or impact of damage caused by the cyclone. Both the DREF action plan and budget were reviewed and validated by IFRC Somalia Delegation, the Regional Office and the Africa Zone Office and the DREF request subsequently approved. Two DMIS reports were developed and released.

The outcome of the rapid assessment has been used to develop a 9-month Emergency Appeal which is currently being reviewed and will be published shortly.

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. Details of DREF contributions are found on: http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MDR00001.pdf IFRC, on behalf of Somalia Red Crescent Society, would like to extend its thanks to all for their generous contributions.