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: 18 January to 5 April 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 plan of action, which was a result of the psyhocological effects of the disaster and its aftershocks, the increase of the number of fully destroyed houses from 98 to 162 (with 1,134 residents), and the total number of affected households to 958 (with 6,706 residents).
At the early stage of the disaster people were evacuated to local mosques, schools or to neighbours and relatives. As of April 2010 all affected households moved from the schools to tents and currently 158 households are living in winterized tents.
Since 6 January the 98 most affected households were provided with non-food items as planned. Also winterized tents were distributed to the most affected households in Vanj district centre and Gishkhun village. Construction materials were procured and sent to Vanj district for further distribution to the 10 most vulnerable households. A psychosocial support workshop was also conducted for Red Crescent staff and volunteers with the aim of establishing a team that can provide assistance to the affected families.
This operation is expected to be implemented over four months, 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