Period covered by this Final Report: 18 November 2008 to 30 May 2009.
Appeal target (current): CHF 1,209,435 (USD 11,209,889 or EUR 804,145).
Appeal coverage: 100%;
- This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on a preliminary basis on 11 July 2008 for CHF 750,000 for two months to assist 47,500 beneficiaries.
- Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 483,047 was allocated from the Federation's DREF to support the National Societies and contingency stocks.
- Operations Update no. 1 was issued on 14 August, 2008.
- The Appeal was revised and extended on 11 September 2008, bringing the overall appeal budget to CHF 1,082,233 (USD 1,003,089 or EUR 719,569), and extending the operation to the end of November 2008.
- The Appeal was again revised on 4 December 2008 and 28 March 2009 bringing the overall appeal budget to CHF 1,209,435 (USD 11,209,889 or EUR 804,145) and extending the operation to 31 May 2009.
Summary: Heavy rains were predicted for the 2008 rainy season in West and Central Africa, with rainfall reaching 500 mm per day and flooding affecting river bank regions in several countries within the zone.
This appeal therefore was launched to support the National Societies in the west and Central Africa zone to respond to flooding and its related consequences. Some countries were affected by smaller-scale flooding.
Serious flooding affected Benin, Togo, Cameroon and Chad and a separate appeal was launched for these two countries in Central Africa.
The appeal enabled the zone to train RDR Team Leaders and actions were taken for their rapid deployment, to provide technical support in contingency plan writing or updating, and pre positioning emergency stocks in Dakar, Accra and Yaoundé. The stocks provided by the appeal have been used to support the National Societies, providing humanitarian assistance to 44,875 beneficiaries affected by the floods caused by the torrential rainfall during from July to December 2008. The National Societies have procured non-food items (NFI) and have mobilized their volunteers and staff in the affected communities to distribute the items to the most vulnerable families. To prevent the potential outbreak of epidemics, trained Red Cross volunteers have been carrying out health education activities and good hygiene practice dissemination in the target communities. This action contributed to alleviating the sufferings of targeted beneficiaries The global strategy prepared communities and local Red Cross to respond in a timely and efficient manner to disasters within the very first hours of the disaster and to reduce the number of DREF request and the assistance cost. Most of local Red Cross branches, together with communities have experienced Early Warning-Early Action (EW/EA) based on climate prediction information increasing the visibility of National Societies at country level.