Suriname: Floods Appeal No. MDRSR001 Operations Update no. 02

Situation Report
Originally published


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In Brief

Operations Update no. 2; Period covered: 21 May to 5 June 2006; Appeal target: CHF 854,305 (USD 706,309 or EUR 550,346); Appeal coverage: 100% The Contributions List, also available on the website, is currently being updated.

Appeal history:

- Launched on 15 May 2006 for CHF 854,305 (USD 706,309 or EUR 550,346) for 5 months to assist 4,000 families (20,000 beneficiaries).

- Final Report is therefore due on 15 January 2007.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Funds (DREF) allocated: CHF 100,000 (USD 82,713 or EUR 64,433).

Operational Summary:

Water levels have receded to normal levels for the rainy season in most areas and it has been observed that flood affected people have resumed their normal lives quite quickly after the floods occurred. The National Coordination Centre for Disasters (NCCR) has distributed 27,000 food packages within the flooded areas so far, of which the Suriname Red Cross (SRC) has provided 4,715 packages. In addition, 4,000 hygiene kits from the SRC and the Federation have been distributed to 4,000 families through the local interior NGO network. 4,000 family food parcels and 5,500 plastic sheets have reached the Suriname Red Cross from the Federation's Pan American Disaster Response Unit (PADRU) in Panama, and another 2,000 plastic sheets were received on 25 May 2006 from the î Regional Intervention Platform for the Americas - Caribbeanï (PIRAC) in Guadeloupe. Finally, tendering for 500 tool kits for 2,500 families is being carried out locally. It is anticipated that there may be shortages of food since villagers are reluctant to begin replanting, fearing that renewed flooding will wipe out the crops since the heavy rains usually take place slightly later in the year, in June or July. However, at present, it is not possible to estimate potential food deficits.

In the area of water and sanitation, training took place at the SRC headquarters for 20 volunteers who will be involved in the dissemination of health messages. The volunteers will work in the field, in coordination with the Suriname Ministry of Health and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), following the completion of the training and as soon as the printing of 500 posters and 18,000 flyers containing health messages is finished.

The Appeal has been fully covered and no further contributions are sought at present, although approval is pending of an ECHO funding proposal.

The International Federation undertakes activities that are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

- Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

- Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

- Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

- Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Suriname: Mr. Glenn Wijngaarde, Director General, Suriname Red Cross,, +597 498 410, fax +597 464 780

In Suriname: Thomas Doyle, Disaster Management Delegate, Pan American Disaster Response Unit, Port of Spain,, +868 789 9493, +597 464 780

In Geneva: Olaug Bergseth, Regional Officer, Americas Department, 41.22.730.45 35; fax 41.22.733.03.95; email:

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

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