Summary: CHF 158,584 was initially allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Kazakhstan Red Crescent Society in delivering immediate assistance to 2,000 beneficiaries. Due to the continuation of the adverse weather conditions and newly arisen needs, however, the National Society revised its operational plans with a budget increase of CHF 111,586. The revised total budget for this operation amounted to a CHF 270,170.
The operation started on 18 December 2012 when freezing temperatures, minus 40-46 degrees Celsius, hit Kazakhstan. As a result of low temperatures and heavy snowfall, electric power supply and hot-water supply cuts ensued in various localities of the northern, eastern and central parts of the country. Over 5,000 people – stranded truck drivers, residents, homeless people and street children – were affected by severe frosts and the resulting hot-water pipes and electricity systems breakdowns and heating interruptions in those areas.
In the initial phase of the response operation, the Kazakhstan Red Crescent conducted a rapid needs assessment and provided humanitarian aid in the cities of Karaganda, Petropavlovsk and Semey from its own prepositioned stocks. With the help of the allocated DREF funds, the three involved Red Crescent branches were distributing hot meals to 620 homeless adults and 299 street children from 3 January to 28 February 2013. In addition, homeless adults and street children were given non-food items: blankets, warm clothes and footwear.
The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) contributed CHF 67,324 to the DREF in replenishment of the allocation made for this operation.
Other major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian Governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross and the Canadian Government, the Danish Red Cross and the Danish Government, the Irish and the Italian Governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg Government, the Monaco Red Cross and the Monaco Government, the Netherlands Red Cross and the Netherlands Government, the Norwegian Red Cross and the Norwegian Government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and the Swedish Government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. On behalf of the Kazakh National Society, the IFRC would like to extend its thanks to all donors and partners for their generous contributions.
CHF 270,167 was allocated for the implementation of the operation. The utilisation rate is practically 100%. There is a remaining balance of CHF 3 left, which will be returned to the DREF.