Tunisia

Cold Wave DREF Operation (MDRTN005)

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CHF 129,179 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,000 families (5,000 beneficiaries) living in rural areas affected by the unusual cold wave since the end of January. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: An unusual and exceptional cold wave and heavy snowfall (the worst for the last 20 years) have been recorded in Tunisia since 31 January in the North West and inland regions, isolating villages and cutting roads. The most affected regions are: Jandouba, Kef, Kassrine,Siliana and Bizerta.

The weather forecasts have predicted that the cold weather and snow blast will continue for the next few days as well, potentially causing further damages to cities and villages, and also shortages in electricity and blockage of transportation by road.

The Tunisian Red Crescent is working to support the most vulnerable people who are living in remote rural areas. The assistance will consist in the provision of food parcels, mattresses and blankets.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 2 months, and will therefore be completed by 09April, 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 09 July, 2012).