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.
Summary: CHF 149,954 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 24 May 2011 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 1,860 beneficiaries, or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
On 25 April 2011, Gisagara District located in the Southern Province of Rwanda experienced heavy rainstorms with strong winds and localized flooding. On 5 May, Rwamagana District located in the Eastern Province, Musanze located in Northern Province and Nyabihu District in Western Province also experienced severe weather. It is estimated that approximately 3,588 people were affected as result of severe weather in Rwanda; 14 deaths were reported, 20 injured, 6 hospitalized and 1,860 people were displaced. Additionally, 372 houses, 2 schools and 1 church were damaged and 277 hectares of crops (maize, beans, soybean, rice, cassava, fruits and vegetables) were destroyed.
The Rwanda Red Cross (RRC) responded immediately, helping attend to the dead and injured, and to provide psychosocial support for those affected. An emergency needs assessment was conducted in collaboration with local authorities and staff to determine immediate needs. RRC distributed essential nonfood items (NFIs), including health and hygiene items. Elderly and other vulnerable households were assisted to repair or reconstruct their houses. Establishment of home gardens and fruit trees were supported, Nutrition and supplemental feeding activities were carried out. Latrines were constructed and good hygiene practices promoted.
The Netherlands Red Cross/Government contributed CHF 48,834, ECHO contributed CHF 50,163 and Belgian Red Cross/Government contributed CHF 50,000 to the DREF in 100% replenishment of the allocation made for this operation.