Tunisia

Tunisia: Floods Appeal No. 04/03 Operations Update No. 1

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Launched 5 February 2003 for 308,000 CHF for two months for 3,000 beneficiaries.
Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) Allocated: CHF 50,000 Beneficiaries: 3,000
Period covered: 5 - 19 February, 2003
Next Update 2 expected March 2003

IN BRIEF

Appeal coverage: 25.4%
Outstanding needs: CHF229,750
Related Appeals: 01.92/2003 North Africa; MENA 01.93/2003
Summary: The Tunisian Red Crescent has provided emergency relief to 150 families who continue to be affected by the ongoing bad weather. More support needs to be provided to hundreds of other families left vulnerable by the floods.

Operational Developments

The cold wave and heavy rainfall that Tunisia has suffered from since early January continues, although with less intensity. The needs of the affected population - as described in the Appeal - are ongoing. Urgently needed is warm clothing, blankets and food. Many families have not been able to return to their homes as these were either destroyed or badly damaged by water. They continue to be lodged in public institutions or private homes. The winter in Tunisia will continue at least for another month.

As stated in the Appeal, the total number of affected is about 27,500 persons or 5,500 families, mainly in the North-Western part of the country. The overall objective of the operation is to provide emergency assistance to the most vulnerable among those affected. Basic food and non-food relief items will be distributed to 600 families or 3,000 persons in the four most affected governorates during February and March.

So far about 25% on the operational target - covering 150 families - has been completed by using up the existing disaster preparedness stocks of the Tunisian Red Crescent as well as through purchases thanks to the grant of CHF 50,000 from DREF. However, additional distributions will be needed for the remaining target group of 450 families as well as a second distribution for the whole target group of 600 families during March. Whether this can be achieved will depend on the response to the Appeal, which is far from being covered.

Coordination

The Tunisian Red Crescent (TRC) is the main actor in this operation. It is working closely together with the local authorities and coordinating its action with them. There are no significant other NGOs operating.

Red Cross and Red Crescent action

The Tunisian Red Crescent appealed to the Federation for international assistance as the Society started to receive increasing numbers of calls from affected persons. A needs assessment was carried out in close cooperation with the local authorities of the most affected areas. The official data on which the Appeal was based came from these authorities. The TRC assessment team, consisting of one headquarters person and one member of the National Committee responsible for relief, also travelled through the most affected governorates and met with the TRC regional committees to study the situation. The Society has been carrying out the operation with support from the Federation Tunis Office and a Field Delegate who undertook short-term missions from the neighbouring Algeria. In response to the Appeal the Finnish and the Danish Red Cross Societies have dispatched warm clothing and blankets respectively. Financial commitments have been received from the Libyan, the British and the Japanese National Societies.

Red Cross and Red Crescent Society

Using its existing relief stocks the Tunisian Red Crescent started its assistance to victims in early January, when it became apparent that most of the 24 governorates were affected to a certain degree. Based on a survey conducted jointly by the TRC and the authorities at the end of January it was established that nine governorates were particularly affected, and four of them seriously. These are the governorates of Jendouba, Beja, Mannouba and Bizerte, which were chosen to be the areas of TRC operation. So far distributions have been carried out in Mannouba and Jendouba. Relief goods have been sent to Bizerte as this report comes out, and the consignment for Beja will be delivered in a few days.

Objectives, activities and results

Objective 1: Distribution of relief parcels to most vulnerable families.

The food parcels were to contain the following: 5 liters of olive oil, 2 kg of pasta (couscous, spaghetti, shorba), 2 kg of rice, 2 kg of sugar, 2 kg of canned tomatoes and 1 kg of jam. The non-food parcels were to contain soap, detergent and 3 blankets each. The parcels were compiled by TRC volunteers and distributed by local TRC committees in co-ordination with local authorities. It was foreseen that extra blankets, warm clothing, a second food parcel and a small amount of financial assistance be provided as more funds become available.

Due to the limited funding received in response to the Appeal, only 150 families out of the 600 most affected have benefitted from these distributions so far. The composition of the food parcels and non-food parcels was as planned. In addition, to the first distribution was added parcels of warm clothing, which was not originally planned for the initial phase. Due to the hard weather conditions this reinforcement had to be made as the local authorities wanted to ensure that the maximum number of affected families received what they needed. The TRC had to make an extraordinary effort during the days preceding distributions to purchase the food, clothing and blankets required.

Refief distribution of food and basic non-food items


Distributions as of 19 February 2003:

Governorate
Date
Location
Families
Persons
Food kits
& oil
Clothes
Blankets
& soap
Mannouba
10/2
Youth center
37
178
178
178
222

10/2
Handicapped center
17
81
81
81
102

10/2
Staying in families
7
30
30
30
42

Others affected




534
Jendouba
14/2

60
300
300
300
360

Others affected




540
Bizerte
19/2

30
150
150
150
180

Others affected




270
Total
151
739
739
739
2'250

Clothing: Special parcels for men, women, babies, children under school-age, adolescents - divided between boys and girls. Contents: underwear, pullover, long pants/skirt, socks, shoes.

Blankets: Each parcel has 3 blankets, soap & detergent. Each family receives two parcels (6 blankets). Rest of the blankets for "others affected" are being distributed to those that did not receive the full package.

Advocacy/Public Information

This operation has provided the Tunisian Red Crescent with a much welcomed opportunity to increase its visibility in the country as an organisation assisting the most vulnerable in cooperation with the public authorities. While it is not in the culture of the media in Tunisia to publish news of disaster, the TRC has received recognition from the local authorities of their valuable cooperation. Information bulletins including photos have also been posted on the Federation Website.

Outstanding needs

With the resources so far available the Tunisian Red Crescent has been able to cover about 25% of the intended programme. However, more support is urgently needed. Funding is needed to enable the TRC to purchase food for the remaining families identified as most vulnerable, and non-food items such as blankets and warm clothing are most welcome for the immediate needs of the affected population as well as to replenish the relief stocks of the Tunisian Red Crescent. The situation continues to be difficult for the persons affected by the cold and the water. Hence the time factor is essential in order carry out this operation as foreseen.

For further details please contact: Evgeni Parfenov, Phone : 41 22 7304325; Fax: 41 22 733 03 95; email: evgeni.parfenov@ifrc.org

All International Federation Operations seek to adhere to the Code of Conduct and are committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (SPHERE Project) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable.

This operation seeks to administer to the immediate requirements of the victims of this disaster. Subsequent operations to promote sustainable development or longer-term capacity building will require additional support, and these programmes are outlined on the Federation's website.

For further information concerning Federation operations in this or other countries, please access the Federation website at http://www.ifrc.org.

John Horekens
Director
External Relations

Ali Said Ali
Head
MENA Department

Tunisia: floods





ANNEX 1
APPEAL No. 4/2003
PLEDGES RECEIVED
19.02.2003
DONOR
CATEGORY
QUANTITY
UNIT
VALUE CHF
DATE
COMMENT
CASH











TOTAL COVERAGE
REQUESTED IN APPEAL CHF


308'000

25.4%







BRITISH - RC

8' 160
GBP
18'299
14.02.03

JAPANESE - RC

8' 400
USD
11'403
13.02.03

LIBYAN - R C



5'348
04.02.03








SUB/TOTAL RECEIVED IN CASH

35'050
CHF
11.4%







KIND AND SERVICES (INCLUDING PERSONNEL)



DONOR
CATEGORY
QUANTITY
UNIT
VALUE CHF
DATE
COMMENT
DANISH RC
4' 800
BLANKETS
43'200
19.02.2003
ESTIMATED VALUE







SUB/TOTAL RECEIVED IN KIND/SERVICES
43'200
CHF
14.0%