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.
Period covered by this update: 6 January to 14 January, 2010.
Summary: CHF 95,705 was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 6 January, 2010 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 640 beneficiaries, and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
An additional DREF contribution of CHF 36,317 was allocated on 15 January to cover the revised budget.
The reported number of fully destroyed houses increased from 98 to 140 (with 980 residents) while the number of partially damaged houses increased to 958 (with 6,706 residents). People evacuated from the totally destroyed houses are currently accomodated in local mosques, schools and with neighbours and relatives. The Vanj district Red Crescent branch office is also partially damaged.
Since 6 January the 98 most affected households were provided with non-food items as planned. Also 50 winterized tents were distributed to the most affected households in Vanj district centre and Gishkhund village.
Due to continuous tremors and the psyhological effects of the disaster on the population, as well as the reported increase in the number of affected households, the operation will be extended by including the following activities: psychosocial support for 140 households and provision of construction materials for 10 households. The budget is revised accordingly to CHF 133,022.
This operation is expected to be implemented over four months as initially planned, and completed by 5 May, 2010. A Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 5 August, 2010).
The Netherlands Red Cross contributed CHF 44,630 and the Canadian government CHF 25,268 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation. The DREF allocation is already replenished by 75 per cent. The Turkish Red Crescent contributed EUR 5,000 directly to the Red Crescent Society of Tajikistan.
Details of all donors can be found on http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp