Yemen: Flash Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDRYE002 Operations Update No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published


GLIDE n=B0 FL-2008-000201-YEM

Period covered by this Ops Update: 10 November 2008 to 31 December 2008;

Appeal target (current): CHF 1,997,283 (USD 1,643,435 or EUR 1,300,875)

Appeal coverage: 36%

Appeal history:

- The Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 10 November 2008 for CHF 1,754,011 (USD 1,493,155 or EUR 1,160,465) to assist 4,900 beneficiaries over a period of 12 months.

- The Revised Emergency Appeal was launched on 5 December 2008 for CHF 1,997,283 (USD 1,643,435 or EUR 1,300,875) to assist 10,500 beneficiaries (1,500 families) over a period of 12 months.

- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 270,067 (USD 229,975 or EUR 178,660) was initially allocated from the International Federation's DREF to support the Yemen Red Crescent (Yemen RC) to help the most affected among the displaced people in Hadramout following the severe flash floods at the end of October 2008. The DREF was reimbursed in December 2008.

Summary: On 24 October 2008, rains brought by a tropical storm that lasted for about 36 hours resulted in flash floods througout south eastern and south western Yemen. Based on the situation at that time, a Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 10 November in order to respond to a request from the Yemen RC, and focused on providing support to take an appropriate and timely response in delivering relief, psycho-social support, health, water and sanitation, shelter, and recovery assistance.

From the launch of the Preliminary Emergency Appeal to the beginning of December 2008, the deployed Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) further assessed the situation which formed the basis of a revised plan of action. This Revised Emergency Appeal was developed in coordination with the International Federation's FACT team, which during December has finished it mission, and the Yemen RC branch. The Revised Emergency Appeal covers activities under relief, recovery, risk reduction, health and care (including water and sanitation), shelter and capacity building needs of the National Society.

The overall situation in the disaster affected areas has stabilized since the early days of the response and the Yemen RC has strengthened its branch in Seyoun. The Yemen RC is now one of the most important response agencies operating in Wadi Hadramout. Nevertheless, to date, the Appeal is covered only 36% and funds are urgently needed to continue to support the Yemen RC to accomplish the necessary tasks.

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).