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Southern Africa: Floods Emergency Appeal No. MDR63001 Final Report

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Period covered by this Final Report: January-July, 2008.

Appeal target (current): CHF 8,773,852 (USD 8,436,396 or EUR 5,432,725);

Final Appeal coverage: 66%;

Appeal history:

- The Preliminary Emergency Appeal was launched on 18 January, 2008 for CHF 8,064,000 (USD 7.3m or EUR 5m) for six months to assist a total of 150,000 beneficiaries in Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

- The Appeal was revised and launched on 13 February, 2008 for CHF 11,409,294 (USD 10,332,633 or EUR 7,131,363) for six months to assist a total of 154,150 beneficiaries in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe.

- The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) allocated CHF 1,191,647 to support the National Societies (Swaziland - CHF 52,720; Zambia - CHF 71,718; Zimbabwe - CHF 107,281; Lesotho - CHF 135,819; and Mozambique - CHF 824,109.

- Operations Update 1 (MDR6300101) was issued on 4 February, 2008

- Operations Update 2 (MDR6300102) was issued on 3 March, 2008.

- Operations Update 3 (MDR6300103)) was issued on 13 May 2008.

- The appeal was revised on 19 May 2008 for CHF 8,773,852 (USD 8,436,396 or EUR 5,432,725) in cash, kind, or services to support the Red Cross National Societies of Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe to assist a total of 19,510 households (97,550 people).

Summary: The floods relief operation coordinated by the IFRC's Southern Africa Zone office (SAZO) initially targeted a total of 30,830 households (154,150 beneficiaries) in Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The first phase of the operation focused on relief assistance. In January 2008, a preliminary emergency appeal was launched and on 13 February 2008, a revised emergency appeal was launched. Towards the end of April, the rains subsided and most of the seven countries' governments declared an end to emergency operations and requested that humanitarian organisations phase out emergency operations, and focus on recovery operations in the communities affected by the floods. Consequently, the operation scaled down emergency interventions and commenced the recovery phase, focussing on post-flooding/recovery activities that are strong in community-based disaster preparedness (CBDP), and the capacity building of National Societies (NS) in disaster preparedness and mitigation programmes.

The continued support of the IFRC and Partner National Societies (PNS) allowed the National Societies to distribute relief items, carry out interventions on health and hygiene promotion, and provide adequate temporary shelter with safe water and sanitation facilities. Although faced with challenges, mainly due to a lack of funding, objectives as set out in the appeal were largely met.

Throughout the disaster relief and response operations, the volunteers emerged as a strong factor in determining the success of National Societies in reaching those affected by the floods. The volunteers were instrumental in carrying out needs assessments, screenings and verification of beneficiaries in the temporary shelters.