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Central African Republic: New wave of heavy rains, violent winds affects almost 2,000 people

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GLIDE n° ST-2012-000091-CAF

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 and Red Crescent emergency response. 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 124,002 has been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Central African Republic Red Cross in delivering immediate assistance to some 1,973 beneficiaries (390 families). Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

Summary: A new wave of heavy rains and violent winds occurred in early May in Amada-Gaza and in localities including Boda Centre, Kanguete, Mboumandourou and Boulay in Central African Republic (CAR). In response, the CAR Red Cross volunteers quickly conducted assessments and identified 390 vulnerable families that have lost their houses.

In February 2012, violent winds affected Bougoula, Mbaïki and Amada-Gaza localities of CAR, caused serious material damages and human casualties. CHF 105,335 was allocated from IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 2 March 2012 to support CAR Red Cross Society to deliver assistance to some 384 families (approximately 1,920 beneficiaries). The CAR Red Cross were busy assisting the affected communities in Bougoula, Mbaïki and Amada-Gaza when a new wave of heavy rains and violent winds occurred in early May, affecting new families and localities in Amada-Gaza and in Boda Centre, Kanguete, Mboumandourou and Boulay. The CAR Red Cross Society decided to request for another DREF allocation to assist identified vulnerable families affected by the new bout of local storms.

This operation is expected to be implemented over three months, and will therefore be completed by 30 August 2012; a Final Report will be made available three months after the end of the operation by 30 November 2012.