Summary: CHF 50,255 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society of Montenegro in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,350 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Heavy rains over four days in November 2010 produced floods in central and northern parts of Montenegro, causing severe damage, especially in municipalities up north: Nikšić, Danilovgrad, Bijelo Polje, Berane, Andrijevica and Plav. The road between Kolašin and Podgorica was closed due to the landslide, and the airport in Podgorica was closed for four hours due to the water levels. 270 families were evacuated (around 1,350 persons) in the municipalities of Berane, Andrijevica and Plav and were in need of basic emergency relief items. The Red Cross of Montenegro branches joined the response efforts in all the municipalities, working closely with local authorities, helping with assessment, relief and early rehabilitation. The National Society released its emergency stock and further assistance was provided with support of the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund. Distributed items included jerry cans, blankets, kitchen sets, mattresses and sleeping bags.
The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. The Netherlands Red Cross contributed CHF 20,364 and the Canadian government provided CHF 2,430 for this intervention. Details of all donors can be found at http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp