Summary: CHF 102,752 was allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 8th December 2010 to support the Red Cross in Kosovo in delivering assistance to 600 families and to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
Due to the heavy rainfalls in Kosovo like in several other countries in the Balkans, many villages were flooded, some of them in the rural low-income areas. The rivers that caused the floods were Morava e Binqes, Kaqareva, Krena, Ereniku, Prishtevka. Some 850 households were affected by the flooding.
The worst hit municipalities were Prishtina/ Priština, Kamenice/ Kamenica, Viti/ Vitina, Gjakova/ Đakovica, Dragash/ Dragaš and Skenderaj/Srbica (geographic names used locally in Albanian and Serbian) including the surrounding villages. The water spilling from the river beds flooded the landscape and the buildings, causing damage to living quarters and personal belongings as well as agricultural land and equipment. The Red Cross of Kosova has identified 600 families (3,000 people) in need for urgent assistance with basic food, water and non-food items. The Red Cross of Kosova used some of its limited emergency stock to reach the affected people until DREF was received.
Additional 100 food parcels as well as 200 blankets were purchased as the International Federation managed to procure them at lower prices than initially budgeted.
The major donors to the DREF were the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian Governments and ECHO. The Netherlands Red Cross contributed CHF 32,340 to this operation. The DREF allocation has been fully utilized on the operation. There are some variances between the budget and the actual expenses; however, on major group levels the highest difference does not reach 10% either.
Details of all donors can be found at http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp