Summary: CHF 295,187 was allocated from
the International Federation's Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on
3 July 2009 to support the Czech Red Cross in delivering assistance to
some 5,000 beneficiaries.
Heavy rainfall led to local floods on 25 June 2009. 13 people died in the flooding in the Silesian, Olomouc and South Bohemia regions of Moravia in the Czech Republic. Over 1,528 houses were seriously damaged, with infrastructure and agriculture also affected.
The Czech Red Cross local branches assisted the people affected by the floods with the cleaning of wells. Out of the 929 application forms for the financial contribution to clean well, 815 application forms satisfying all the conditions were paid out. Therefore 815 wells were cleaned out of the initially estimated 1,000 wells, and consequently some 3,150 people benefited from clean drinking water.
The Czech Red Cross has been supported in its response technically by the Europe zone office as well as the Austrian Red Cross that had some experience in implementing cash projects in the past.
Lessons learnt with regard to this innovative approach of cash distribution had been gathered and are further elaborated here.
The remaining balance of CHF 47,752 will be reimbursed to DREF.
The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on