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Benin: Fire - DREF n° MDRBJ011 Operations update n° 1

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Summary: On 6 January, a fire broke out in the village of Alloya, resulting in in the destruction of hundreds of houses and displacing almost 3,000 people, leaving the affected families in a very vulnerable situation without any shelter.

The Benin Red Cross responded immediately to the disaster by providing first aid and community-based hygiene and sanitation activities. The IFRC allocated CHF 139,315 from DREF to provide emergency shelter, basic household items and support the National Society’s community based health and water, sanitation and hygiene promotion activities alongside the response of the authorities.

In the aftermath of the fire disaster, the Beninese authorities decided to distribute tents to the most affected families, making it necessary to change the proposed activities of the IFRC DREF operation.
The planned tarpaulins were left out of the procurement process, and during distribution of basic household items, an excess of 95 kits were not needed in the affected community and were therefore stored as disaster preparednedd stocks.

An assessment of the intended emergency latrine areas have shown that the soil could not support the originally planned design, and due to increased costs of the modified design, the number of emergency latrines have been reduced to 6 blocks of 2 latrines.