Yemen

Yemen: Flash Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRYE002

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GLIDE n=B0 FL-2008-000201-YEM

This Preliminary Emergency Appeal seeks CHF 1,754,011 (USD 1,493,155 or EUR 1,160,465) in cash, kind, or services to support the Yemen Red Crescent Society (Yemen RC) to assist 4,900 beneficiaries over a period of 12 months.

CHF 270,067 (USD 229,975 or EUR 178,660) was allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support this operation. Unearmarked funds to replenish DREF are encouraged.

On 24 October, rains brought by a tropical storm that lasted for about 36 hours resulted in flash floods throughout south eastern and south western Yemen. According to the latest estimates, 180 people were killed, more than 2,000 houses have been completely destroyed and between 20,000 to 25,000 people have been displaced. The number of displaced people may also be higher when the full extent of the damage is assessed. Based on this situation, this Preliminary Emergency Appeal responds to a request from the Yemen RC, and focuses on providing support to take an appropriate and timely response in delivering relief, psycho-social support, health, water and sanitation, shelter, and recovery assistance. The operation will also address the critical capacity building needs of the National Society to ensure effective performance. A Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) has been deployed and is currently conducting further assessments. This appeal will be revised at a later stage to better address the needs identified through the ongoing assessment.

This operation is expected to be implemented over 12 months, and will therefore be completed by the end of November 2009; a Final Report will be made available by the end of February 2010 (three months after the end of the operation).

The situation

On 24 October 2008, a level three tropical storm that lasted for about 36 hours in south eastern and south western Yemen resulted in flash floods throughout Hadramaut governorate which consists of about 30 districts. The governorate Al Maharn was also affected, although damage was more extensive in Hadramaut where five districts located by the sea and in the valleys were badly hit by the floods. In total, about one third of Yemen was affected. Most of the infrastructure was damaged and access to the affected sites was very difficult at the beginning. Roads, communication facilities, power, and water distribution networks were destroyed. About 60 percent of electricity has been cut off in Hadramaut.