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Brazil: Flooding DREF Bulletin No. MDRBR001 Final Report

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GLIDE code: FL-2007-000004-BRA

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 185 countries.

In Brief

Period covered by this Final Report: 19 January 2007 to 22 June 2007.

CHF 95,000 (USD 77,900 or EUR 59,097) was allocated from the Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 January 2007 to respond to the needs in this operation, or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks distributed to the affected population.

This operation was expected to be implemented over 3 months, and was completed by 19 April, 2007; a Final Report is made available three months after the end of the operation (by 19 July, 2007). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

The International Federation undertakes activities that are aligned with its Global Agenda, which sets out four broad goals to meet the Federation's mission to "improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity".

Global Agenda Goals:

Reduce the numbers of deaths, injuries and impact from disasters.

Reduce the number of deaths, illnesses and impact from diseases and public health emergencies.

Increase local community, civil society and Red Cross Red Crescent capacity to address the most urgent situations of vulnerability.

Reduce intolerance, discrimination and social exclusion and promote respect for diversity and human dignity.

Background and Summary

During January 2007, heavy rains caused floods and landslides in the States of Rio de Janeiro and Minas Gerais in Southeast Brazil, leading to the deaths of 59 people and affecting at least 200,000 people. The rains damaged homes and seriously affected the local population. According to the information from the national Civil Defence, Rio de Janeiro was the worst affected State. Most deaths were registered in the mountainous regions of Minas Gerais and Rio de Janeiro, where houses built in areas of risk were destroyed by landslides. The dislodgement of mud from the Muriaé River caused severe damage to homes and caused problems with the water supply in two districts of Itaperuna. As a result of the heavy rains, in the State of Rio de Janeiro 5,697 people lost their homes and 6,143 were temporarily displaced and stayed with friends or relatives.

The State of Minas Gerais suffered from heavy rains since October 2006, which caused 18 deaths and left 80 injured. The number of people who lost their homes is 4,207 and 11,275 were temporarily displaced. Army personnel was mobilized to support Civil Defence in the cities of Pouso Alegre and Itajubá.

For further information specifically related to this operation please contact:

In Brazil: Fernando Acosta - Head of the National Department of Relief and Disasters, Brazilian Red Cross, email, phone (5521) 2827 7412, fax (521) 2507 1594

In Brazil: Gustavo Ramirez, Federation Representative, email, phone (5521) 2242 3720, fax (5521) 2221 0658

In Peru: Susana Arroyo, Acting Head of Lima Regional Representation; email, phone (511) 221-8151, fax (511) 441- 3607

In Panama: Stephen McAndrew, Coordinator, Federation Pan American Disaster Response Unit, Panama; email, phone (507) 316-1001, fax (507) 316-1082

In Panama: Jose Garcia-Lozano, Head of Zone, Americas, email:, phone (507) 317 13 00; fax; (507) 317 13 04

In Panama: Xavier Castellanos, Deputy Head of Zone, Americas, email: , phone (507) 317 13 00; fax; (507) 317 13 04

All International Federation assistance seeks to adhere to the Code of Conduct for the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO's) in Disaster Relief and is committed to the Humanitarian Charter and Minimum Standards in Disaster Response (Sphere) in delivering assistance to the most vulnerable. For longer-term programmes in this or other countries or regions, please refer to the Federation's Annual Appeal. For support to or for further information concerning Federation programmes or operations in this or other countries, or for national society profiles, please also access the Federation's website at