DREF operation n° MDRPA008
Period covered by this update: 7 August to 31 December 2012.
Summary: CHF 104,620 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 7 August, 2012 to support the National Society in delivering assistance to some 2,500 beneficiaries (500 family).
Severe rainfall and a waterspout affected the provinces of Bocas del Toro and Los Santos with flooding and wind damage to roofs and crops. Approximately 4,300 persons were affected between the two provinces. With support of the IFRC’s DREF the Red Cross Society of Panama (RCSP) was able to reach beneficiaries with blankets, hygiene and kitchen kits, jerry cans, mosquito nets and tarpaulins. Additionally, the RCSP implemented PHAST, WASH and Epidemic Control workshops with beneficiaries. Overall, some 2,500 persons were reached. Although the objectives of the operation were reached successfully, the National Society confronted some significant challenges such a civil unrest demonstration in different provinces and further intense rains that caused the death of two volunteers working on rescue efforts.
The IFRC, on behalf of the National Society, would like to extend special thanks ECHO who has replenished the DREF for the allocation made to this operation. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and Government of Canada, Danish Red Cross and Government of Denmark, 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 of Monaco, the Netherlands Red Cross and Government of Netherlands, the Norwegian Red Cross and Government of Norway, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and Government of Sweden, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors.