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Benin: Floods DREF operation n° MDRBJ012 Update No.1

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Period covered by this update: 20 September to 28 November 2013.

Summary: CHF 193’944 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 20 September 2013 to support the Benin Red Cross National Society in delivering assistance to some 7’000 beneficiaries for 3 months.

The floods disaster that occurred in September displaced about 10,000 persons in the municipalities of Malanville and Karimama.The Benin Red Cross targeted its assistance to the most affected population in the affected villages and temporary camp sites.

The National Society with support from IFRC has distributed non-food relief items (NFI) to 600 households most affected in 15 communities and camps sites in Karimama and Malanville districts. Some of the items distributed include shelter kits, kitchen sets, soap, sleeping mats, buckets, blankets, mosquito bed nets and jerry cans. About 50 Red Cross volunteers who had been trained are presently carrying out sensitization activities on good health and hygiene practices in the target communities and camp sites. The rehabilitation and construction of water and sanitation facilities has commenced while emergency latrines constructed at camp sites are now being used by the beneficiaries.

The National Society is working in collaboration with local authorities, the National Directorate for Civil Protection and humanitarian actors including Care-Benin. The collaboration has ensured that there is no duplication in the delivery of relief and emergency services.

With implementation set to take longer than originally planned due to the delay in the delivery of relief items meant for the replenishment the regional stock, a one month no-cost extension is being requested to allow the completion of the replenishment process and all related financial administration activities, as well as an internal review to take place. As such, the operation will now be completed by 20 January 2014, and the Final Report made available by end April 2014.

The Netherlands Red Cross, Belgian Red Cross and Belgian Government, The European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil protection (DG ECHO), the Canadian Red Cross and Canadian Government contributed towards the replenishment of the DREF allocation made for this Operation.

The majors donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, the Netherlands Red Cross and government; American and Belgian governments, DG ECHO, the Canadian Red Cross and government, the Austrian Red Cross, Danish Red Cross and government, the Irish and the Italian governments, the Japanese Red Cross Society, the Luxembourg government, the Monaco Red Cross and government, the Norwegian Red Cross and government, the Spanish Government, the Swedish Red Cross and government, the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID), and other corporate and private donors.