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Serbia: Floods DREF Operation No. MDRRS002

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The International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the Federation in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross and Red Crescent response to emergencies. The DREF is a vital part of the International Federation's disaster response system and increases the ability of national societies to respond to disasters.

CHF 51,027 (USD 50,574 or EUR 33,779) has been allocated from the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 3,210 beneficiaries or 1,080 families and to replenish emergency stocks. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary:

Heavy rains in the south-west of Serbia caused floods in many villages and cities on 6-7 November, forcing some 300 families to leave their houses and find temporary accomodation with neighbours or relatives. The floods also destroyed food reserves, agricultural soil and household equipment of some 1,080 families.

The Red Cross of Serbia responded by distributing food and non-food items from its disaster preparedness stock, based on the local Red Cross assessment results and criteria established with the municipal crisis headquarters. The assessment is still ongoing and more families are expected to be reported as affected. The assessment results will therefore define further distribution to the population. Some of the items planned to be purchased will also be used to replenish the National Society's disaster preparedness stock.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 16 February 2010; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation (by 16 May 2010).

The situation

Heavy rains that occurred last week caused floods in many villages and cities in the south-west part of Serbia. Hundreds of people were evacuated on 6-7 November due to the rise of water levels in the rivers of =D0etinja, Moravica and Zapadna Morava. The water flooded houses and other buildings in the following municipalities: U=BEice, Arilje, Po=BEega, Luèani, =C8aèak, Gornji Milanovac, Sjenica, Bujanovac, Priboj, Ra=B9ka, Nova Varo=B9 and Prijepolje. Tens of thousands of families in several cities were left without drinking water for 24-40 hours due to the "Rzav" water distribution system being compromised. Houses and personal belongings, agricultural soil and equipment were damaged.

In addition, landslides occurred in several municipalities, most notably in Nova Varo=B9 and Sjenica.

Some 300 families have left their houses and are in temporary accommodation with their neighbours or relatives.