GLIDE n° FL-2010-000250-SRB
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent (IFRC) 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 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 59,800 (USD 61,049 or EUR 45,757) has been allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society in delivering immediate assistance to some 4,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: Due to the heavy rain in Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Republic of Srpska, the water level in rivers Drina and Lim has been on a steady increase since 1 December until rd December, with water spilling out of the river beds and flooding the houses, buildings and agricultural land in six municipalities in the western parts of Serbia. 1,078 people were evacuated between 1 st and 4 rd December, 63 of them residing in temporary accommodation for several weeks and 1,888 houses flooded for weeks. The Red Cross of Serbia has reacted immediately, doing rapid assessment of needs in the six affected municipalities and distributing food and non food items to the affected and evacuated people from the 960 most vulnerable households. This DREF operation included replenishment of emergency stocks of the Red Cross of Serbia, another distribution of hygiene parcels and assistance with water draining, mud removal and dehumidifying of living facilities for approximately 4,000 people.
There is a remaining balance of CHF 5,333 that will be returned to the DREF. The Netherlands Red Cross contributed CHF 19,458 to the DREF operation. The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian governments and ECHO. Details of all donors can be found on: http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp