Summary: CHF 165,608 was allocated from the IFRC’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) on 19 June 2013 to support the Czech Red Cross (CzRC) Society in delivering assistance to people affected by floods in the central parts, also called Bohemia, of the Czech Republic.
On the basis of the dangerous floods which affected the territory of Bohemia in the Czech Republic, heavy rains brought about the rise of water levels in the Labe and Vltava rivers crossing from the south to the north of the Czech Republic. The western regions of the country, called Bohemia, where the capital city of Prague also belongs, were the worst affected ones. More than 430,000 households (approximately 1,300,000 people) were affected by the floods. A total of 26,438 people were evacuated and 618 people rescued. The floods have claimed 15 lives and resulted in at least 75 landslides. 214 various road and rail sections had to be closed temporarily. The Czech authorities estimated the total direct damage at EUR 637 million.
The Czech Red Cross operation was focused on follow-up humanitarian assistance, such as the cleaning of wells and the drying of homes for the population in places affected by the floods. After the initial assessment gave the number of Red Cross beneficiaries at 3,400 in 850 households, the final number of the people having been assisted by the Czech Red Cross with the DREF support was 3,190 beneficiaries: 1,170 people in 312 households, one senior citizen home with 20 residents and two clinics with a total of 2,000 patients. The reason of this outcome was the fact that the volume of the humanitarian support provided by the Integrated Rescue System of the Czech Republic and the municipality-level authorities was much larger than expected.
Out of the allocation of CHF 165,608, 41 per cent or CHF 67,375 has been replenished by Mondelez International and Hewlett Packard. The major multilateral donors and partners of the 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 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 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) and the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations.
On behalf of the Czech Red Cross Society, the IFRC would like to extend their thanks to all donors and partners for their generous contributions.
From the allocation of CHF 165,608 there is a final balance of CHF 42,494, which will be returned to the DREF account. The unused part of the budget can be explained by the fact that the volume of the humanitarian support provided by the Integrated Rescue System of the Czech Republic and the municipality-level authorities was much larger than expected.