Description of the disaster
On the 26th of October 2016, heavy rains and flooding affected the Upper Egypt and the Red Sea coast, damaging more than 6,500 families at the governorates of South Sinai, Red Sea, Sohag, Qena, and Assuit; the floods left more than 72 people injured and led to the death of more than 26 people.
The heavy rained coupled with exceptionally high winds forced the government to close both ports in Suez and Said, and led to the closure of schools and blockage of roads. This heavy rains led as well to house damages and power cut across the Red Sea governorate.
Summary of response
The DREF operation supported Egyptian Red Crescent’s response to floods reaching the targeted 10,000 people with essential non-food items. The Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (DG-ECHO) and the Canadian Red Cross contributed to the replenishment of this DREF allocation. IFRC on behalf of the Egyptian Red Crescent thanks donors for their vital contributions to the DREF.
Overview of Host National Society
The Egyptian Red Crescent (ERC) immediately mobilized its volunteers in the concerned branches, organized its Emergency Action Teams (EAT) and National Disaster Response Teams (NDRT) who provided immediate assistance to affected communities. They helped in evacuating people and provided them with basic first aid support, essential relief items and psychosocial support when required. The concerned branches met the immediate needs of the victims, including needs for relief materials such as blankets, mattresses, pillows, ground sheets and food items.
Around 200 ERC volunteers worked in the operation and helped accommodating the survivors in temporary shelter managed by ERC. Similarly, they provided first aid and psychosocial support to the survivors and their families, providing 24 hour services in rotation in addition to visiting the injured in hospital and providing psychosocial support as needed.
Psychosocial support is one of the core areas that the ERC has been developing within the work and the training curriculum of the Emergency Action Teams. ERC has made big steps in mainstreaming psychosocial support in current training programs. ERC was able to reach 6,000 families during the flood response, and this DREF provided support for replenishment of items distributed to 2,000 families. The operation room in ERC Headquarters was constantly communicating with the concerned branches to identify the evolving needs.
ERC Headquarters deployed extra teams of EAT and NDRT to Red Sea Governorate, the worst-affected governorate, to provide support to the ERC’s Red Sea branch as well as provide from its pre-positioned stocks the following relief items:
• 1,000 blankets
• 1,000 mattresses
• 1,000 pillows
• 1,000 bed sheets
• 1,000 case pillows
• 500 plastic sheeting
• First aid materials.
• Personal protective equipment (PPE) and raincoats are provided for volunteers.
Beside the relief material sent from ERC headquarters, the concerned branches distributed the following relief material from their own warehouses: