169,620 Swiss francs were allocated from the IFRC Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the Salvadoran Red Cross Society (SRCS) in delivering immediate assistance for up to 5,000 people.
On 29 December 2013, the Chaparrastique volcano in El Salvador (Department of San Miguel) erupted, with volcanic ash and sulfur dioxide (SO2) gas emissions affecting 63,079 people. The volcanic eruption has affected the population's health due to the resulting air pollution, and ash has caused damage to homes, limited access to safe water and affected livelihoods involving agriculture and livestock.
The DREF operation implemented by the Salvadoran Red Cross Society has assisted 2,200 evacuees and 400 families in shelters during the response phase through the provision of hygiene kits. 270 people were assisted at the first aid station and 1,314 families were trained in health care, hygiene and sanitation because of the effects of the volcanic eruption. In addition, 1,000 families received family clean-up kits and 14 communities received community clean-up kits due to the amount of ash. 556,100 litres of Drinking water in the amount of 556,100 litres was distributed to 1,283 families, and 2,000 jerry cans were distributed to 1,000 affected families. One hundred fifty-five families have received 4,356 bales of hay (as food for cattle) for 363 head of cattle; three hundred families benefited from the distribution of 1,500 egg laying hens and 13,636 kilograms of poultry feed, and 51 families have received advice on agricultural and livestock care. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock supported Red Cross actions by vaccinating cattle belonging to families affected by the emergency.
On behalf of the National Society, the IFRC would like to thank the Canadian Red Cross Society and government, Swiss Red Cross and the European Commission Humanitarian Aid and Civil Protection (ECHO) for their generous contributions to replenish the allocation made to this operation. The major donors and partners of DREF include the Australian, American and Belgian governments, the Austrian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross Society and government, Danish Red Cross and 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 government, the Netherlands 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), the Medtronic and Z Zurich Foundations, and other corporate and private donors. On behalf of the national society, the IFRC would like to thank to everyone for their generous contributions. The Directorate-General for Humanitarian Aid (DG ECHO) has replenished the DREF up to 50 per cent for the allocation made to this operation. http://www.ifrc.org/en/what-we-do/disaster-management/responding/disaster-response-system/financialinstruments/ disaster-relief-emergency-fund-dref/