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Benin: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBJ009 final report

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GLIDE n° FL-2012-000174-BEN

Summary: CHF 254,449 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 15 October 2012 to support the Red Cross of Benin in delivering assistance to some 10,000 beneficiaries. Unearmarked funds to repay DREF are encouraged.

The Red Cross of Benin, with support from IFRC, provided assistance to 750 households affected by the floods in Malanville and Karimama municipalities for three months. In this operation timeframe, the National Society was able to install 750 tents, build 37 emergency latrines and rehabilitate 14 other latrines, 39 showers and soakaway pit. Following these activities, the affected communities, supported by the Red Cross of Benin, set up a health committee for each site where they collected hygiene materials contributed by community members themselves to maintain the site's cleanliness. Materials collected included hoes, machete, rakes, shovels, brooms, wheelbarrows, garbage cans, picks and jerry cans for washing hands after defecationIn Tounga kouka in Malanville, a motorized pump provided to the community to enable them to have clean water. These actions have allowed the population to gradually integrate into their daily lives good hygiene (hand washing after defecation), proper utilization of latrines and the consumption of safe water .