Zambia: Floods DREF Operation Update no.1 (MDRZM008)


Period covered by this update: 26 February - 30 March 2013.

Summary: CHF 84,691 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 25 February, 2013 to support the Zambia Red Cross Society (ZRCS) in delivering assistance to 300 families (1,800 beneficiaries).

The initial DREF budget of CHF 84,691 has been revised upwards to CHF 93,951 to include additional costs unforeseen at the time of designing the operation. The final financial report will reflect this increase in the budget. The additional costs include deployment of a relief Regional Disaster Response Team (RDRT) member for 30 days as well as engagement of field and logistics officers for 1 month to strengthen the capacity of the National Society to respond to the immediate needs of the affected communities in Nangoma as well as ensure the timely and accountable utilization of DREF funds.

The IFRC’s Southern Africa regional disaster management coordinator was deployed to Zambia in the first week of March to assist ZRCS in the set-up of the operation prior to the deployment of the RDRT member.

During the reporting period, ZRCS has distributed relief items to the targeted beneficiaries and carried out hygiene promotion activities. This was aimed at reducing the vulnerability of 300 flood-affected households in Mumbwa district and to reduce the risk of water-borne and water-related diseases. While the procurement and distribution of relief items has been carried out, there remains a balance of items based on the evolving situation on the ground as well as government actions that have taken place. As a result of this, the National Society aims to review the list of affected families and expand its support to additional beneficiaries who meet the criteria with the excess items available.

This operation is expected to be implemented in 3 months, and completed by 30 May, 2013. A final report will therefore be made available three months after the end of the operation, by end of August 2013.

The Netherlands Red Cross/SEF and DG ECHO contributed to the replenishment of the DREF allocation made for this operation.
The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions.

Details of DREF contributions can be found on: