Summary: CHF 294,903 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 21 March, 2013 to support the Central African Republic Red Cross (CAR Red Cross) in delivering assistance to some 8,710 beneficiaries (1,314 families), or to replenish disaster preparedness stocks.
In response to the violent storm that ravaged some towns and neighbourhoods of the CAR on Sunday 4 March 2013, various resources were mobilized to handle the situation. The CAR Red Cross mobilized 160 volunteers in the affected localities (30 in Bouar, 50 in Bimbo, 30 in the 6th, 30 in the 4th and 20 in the nd Subdivisions of Bangui) - who effectively conducted a rapid assessment of the situation. A total of 1,006 family houses were completely destroyed and 308 others partially damaged. With support from IFRC’s DREF, CAR Red Cross had planned to assist families through the provision of emergency shelter and non-food items, and to conduct health and hygiene promotion activities to minimize the potential outbreak of diseases. Up to 140 volunteers were mobilized to support these actions. This operation had to be implemented over 3 months, and therefore completed by 30 June 2013. However, barely a week after the approval of the DREF,
President Bozize was overthrown, and the volatile security situation that ensued could not guarantee the safety of Red Cross volunteers and staff in the field for the implementation of this operation. Thus there was no other option but to stop the implementation of the DREF operation prematurely.