Suriname: Floods DREF operation No. MDRSR002

Situation Report
Originally published


The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 140,000 (USD 133,333 or EUR 86,048) has been allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Suriname Red Cross (SRC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 6,500 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.


On 28 May, 2008 heavy rains prompted intense flooding primarily in the Marowijne, Lawa and Tapanahoni regions of Suriname. Initial estimates indicate that at least 1,300 households are affected. The Suriname Red Cross (SRC) is completing damage and needs assessments, and is collaborating with the government for food distributions as well as water and sanitation promotion activities for 1,300 families.

Based on the completion of damage and needs assessments, it is possible that further funding could be required to meet the needs of beneficiaries.

This operation is expected to be implemented over two months, and will therefore be completed by 19 August, 2008; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 19 November, 2008).

The situation

On 28 May, 2008, constant rainfall flooded several villages located on the northern part of the Marowijne River according to the Government Department for Regional Development. Two children died while the area was being evacuated as many people moved to higher grounds or to the neighbouring country of French Guyana. It is estimated that over 6,500 persons have been displaced. Rainfall increased from the onset of the disaster, with high peaks in the weekend of 1 and 7 June 2008, leading to the overflow of the Tapanahony and Marowijne rivers and the consequent flooding of various villages and crops.