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Red Cross seeks CHF6.9 million in revised appeal for Dominica

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This revised Emergency Appeal seeks a total of CHF 6.9 million, reflecting a budget increase from CHF 5,749,087 in the Operations Update 2 dated 26 October 2017. This is to enable the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) to support the Dominica Red Cross Society (DRCS) to deliver assistance to 15,000 people for 15 months, with a focus on the following: Shelter; livelihoods and basic needs; health; water, sanitation and hygiene promotion (WASH); disaster risk reduction (DRR); National Society development; cash transfer programme (CTP) and restoring family links (RFL). This revised Appeal is to enable an increase in activities and the number of volunteers involved in the operation based on remaining needs, and requires an additional three months operation timeframe for completion. The additional activities planned results in a funding gap of CHF 1,004,239, which is already under negotiation with partners. The revised plan reflects an update on the key outputs and activities required in the response.

The disaster and the Red Cross Red Crescent response to date

18 September 2017: Hurricane Maria makes landfall on Dominica at 9:15 pm eastern daylight time (EDT) as a Category 5 hurricane with maximum sustained winds of 250 kilometers per hour causing severe damage. Communications with the island are cut off.

19-21 September 2017: IFRC Surge Capacity deployed -- Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT), Regional Disaster Response Teams (RDRT), IFRC Emergency Response Unit (ERU).

22 September 2017: 239,232 Swiss francs allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF); Emergency Appeal launched for 1.6 million Swiss francs for 12 months.

09 October 2017: The IFRC issues revised Emergency Appeal n°1 seeking 5,513,789 Swiss francs to assist 15,000 people (5,000 families) for 12 months.

26 October 2017: The IFRC issues Operations Update 2 with a revised budget of 5,749,087 Swiss francs

27 March 2018: The IFRC issues revised Emergency Appeal n° 2 seeking 6.9 million Swiss francs to assist 15,000 people (5,000 families) for 15 months (an additional three months)