Summary: CHF 111,031 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Red Cross of Montenegro in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,600 families or 6,630 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.
Summary: Heavy rains over almost a month caused floods all over Montenegro, with eleven municipalities being seriously affected: Ulcinj, Bar, Cetinje, Golubovci, Tuzi, Danilovgrad, Nikšić, Kolasin, Andrijevica, Berane and Plav. In total 6,630 persons (1,600 families) were evacuated from their houses and were residing in temporary accommodation for more than two weeks. The Red Cross of Montenegro distributed all of its emergency stock to the affected population within the first 24 hours of the floods and upon receiving funds from DREF, another round of distribution was provided. The evacuated population was assisted by distributing food, hygiene items, safe drinking water and rubber boots. The National Society also took part in the needs assessment coordinated by the authorities and it was made responsible for the overall coordination of all the relief assistance from all the sources to the affected population.
The major donors to the DREF are the Irish, Italian, Netherlands and Norwegian Governments and ECHO. The Canadian Government contributed CHF 18,942 to this operation. Details of all donors can be found at http://www.ifrc.org/what/disasters/responding/drs/tools/dref/donors.asp