Summary: 90,095 Swiss francs have been allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Costa Rican Red Cross (CRRC) in delivering immediate assistance to some 750 families (3,750 persons).
On the last week of July, a low-pressure system in the Caribbean brought severe precipitations to the Limón and Cartago provinces of Costa Rica. More than 9,500 persons were affected by the overflowing of rivers, particularly in the Talamanca municipality, and landslides in Turrialba. With the support of the DREF, the CRRC assisted 2,060 families with non-food relief items and access to drinking water through the cleaning of wells and hygiene promotion, significantly surpassing the original target of 750 families.
The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and government, Danish Red Cross and government, the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO), the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Netherlands Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend thanks to all for their generous contributions, in particular to the Norwegian Red Cross and ECHO who have replenished the DREF for the allocation made to this operation.