CHF 236,780 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) in January 2011 to support the South Africa Red Cross Society (SARCS) in delivering immediate assistance to 1,174 households (8,870 beneficiaries) in 4 priority provinces of Free State, Limpopo,North West and Northern Cape Floods that left a trail of destruction in 32 municipalities across the country in January 2011
The DREF served a vital role in enabling immediate assistance to the most affected areas. These funds obtained significant leverage through substantial private sector contributions to a subsequent national appeal. Altogether, disaster relief operations reached 11, 774 households, or some 58, 870 individuals. An additional 125 people were trained as PHAST trainers, and 25 volunteers trained as trainers on psychosocial support.