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South Africa: Limpopo floods DREF Operation n° MDRZA006 Update n° 1

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Overview of major revisions made to emergency plan of action

CHF 165,035 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 21 March 2014 to support SARCS Limpopo Province in delivering assistance to 705 families (3,525 beneficiaries) in the Lephalale Municipality district. At the time the original EPoA was made, the affected population was being housed in temporary shelter in community halls, crèches and schools. A week after the approval of the DREF the situation evolved so that the affected people were able to return to their permanent dwellings as the floodwaters subsided. As a result of this, the National Society, with support from IFRC, adjusted their operation to meet the needs of the people affected. The plans were revised to focus on the distribution of dry rations instead of wet rations (cooked meals) due to families moving back to their permanent dwellings. Dry rations include tinned fish, rice, samp, meal- meal, sugar beans, iodate salt, cooking oil, peanut butter and tea. The budget was adjusted accordingly to substitute the dry rations where cooked meals were originally planned. The proposed revision will not hamper the expected timeframe of the 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, European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (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 IFRC, on behalf of South Africa Red Cross Society, would like to extend its thanks to all for their generous contributions.

Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/docs/appeals/Active/MDR00001.pdf