The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent's (IFRC) Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) is a source of un-earmarked money created by the IFRC in 1985 to ensure that immediate financial support is available for Red Cross 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.
Summary: CHF 267,129 (USD 250, 677 or EUR 186, 294) was allocated from IFRC's DREF on 21 April2010 to support the Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) in delivering immediate assistance to at least 22,500 people (4,500 families) affected by a tropical storm.
BDRCS with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) under the DREF operation responded to the tropical storm that struck the northern districts of Bogra, Dinajpur, Gaibandha, Kurigram, Lalmonirhat, Nilphamari, Rangpur and Sirajganj on 14 and 17 April 2010 by distributing packages of food items which contained rice, lentils, edible oil and iodized salt; and non-food items which include saree, lungi, and water jerry can; and emergency shelter materials which are tarpaulin, rope, wire and plastic sheet. The distribution of emergency food and non-food items among 4,500 households were completed by 4 June 2010. The nonfood items were distributed from IFRC and BDRCS joint disaster preparedness stock. The replenishment of these items is also been completed