NIGERIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY
DISASTER MANAGEMENT PROGRAMME ANNUAL REPORT FOR 2012
The Nigerian Red Cross Society has moved steps ahead with timely response by our trained volunteers in the branches. We have continued as the first responder in most emergencies across the country. The arrival of the Field Assessment and Coordination Team (FACT) has supported in profiling the National Society with the conduct of the rapid assessment and the implementation of the Plan of Action of the 2012 Flood Appeal (MDRNG014).
The profile of the NS has greatly risen in recent time. This has attracted a lot of interest in the NS by all responders and has exposed the competence of NRCS in Emergency Management. If this opportunity is properly harnessed by the Governance and Management of NRCS, the NS will have a turnaround in its fortune for years to come.
FUEL SUBSIDY REMOVAL
The Federal government announced on January 1st 2012 an increment in the pump price of petrol (PMS) and as a result, there were protests and strike by the Nigerian Labour Congress in different parts of the country with Kaduna, Kano, Lagos, Oyo and the FCT being more tense than other states. Consequently, it resulted in about 596 injured and 30 dead. The NRCS National Headquarters responded by putting branches on alert and monitored the situation until the strike was called off. The ICRC supported the National Society with communication support for the branches and also pre-stocked dressing kits in three branches of Borno, Gombe and Kano. Part of these prepositioned items were utilised during the response.
NRCS volunteers at work
The Supreme Court of Nigeria nullified the gubernatorial election in 5 states of- Adamawa, Bayelsa, Cross River, Kogi and Sokoto and new date for elections were re-scheduled. During the elections, all affected branches were placed on alert to monitor the situation so as to provide humanitarian assistance when needed.
BOKO HARAM INSURGENCE
The Nigerian Red Cross Society has with the support of the ICRC continued to support people affected by the explosions and gunfights as a result of the insurgence in Borno, Niger,Yobe, Kano, Adamawa, Taraba, Kaduna, Bauchi, Plateau and Gombe states.
DANA PLANE CRASH
On the 3rd of June 2012, at approximately 3:43pm, a Dana plane crashed into a residential area while attempting an emergency landing in Lagos, killing all 153 passengers and crew on board. The crash site was in a heavily populated urban area and resulted in the death of at least 4 persons who were inside the buildings at the time of the crash, bringing the total number of deaths to 157 people, and 6 injured.
Red Cross volunteers and other stakeholders at the Dana plane crash site
The incident left family members of the affected people and residents of the area traumatized. The Nigerian Red Cross Society Lagos State Branch administered First Aid and helped to evacuate the affected population and with the support of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies also provided non-food items and psychosocial support training to NRCS volunteers and staff and the affected population. The Psychosocial support to those affected has continued in partnership with the University of Lagos.
RELIEF MATERIALS FOR DANA CRASH VICTIM
DESCRIPTION OF ITEMS QUANTITY (IFRC)
Bar Soap 80 cartons
Kitchen Sets 50 pcs
Blankets 4 bales
Mosquito Nets 4 bales
Aqua tab 5 cartons
Clothing 1big bale
Jerry can 300pcs
Fumigants, Disinfectant 1
Water Guard (IFRC) 20 cartons
NIGERIA 2012 FLOODS
Torrential rainfall and the water released from dams on the Niger and Benue Rivers led to the worst flooding in over 40 years. The Floods commenced in the first two weeks of September after the flash floods of July in Jos, Plateau state. With states bordering the Rivers Benue and Niger being the most affected, the floodwaters moved into the Delta area in the south. While flood waters in the states upstream of the River Benue, such as Adamawa, Plateau, Taraba and Benue has subsided, satellite imagery shows the areas along the river downstream are still much wider than in previous years.
Satellite Imagery of Flood Path
The Nigerian Red Cross Society staff and volunteers in the affected branches responded with First Aid/evacuation and camp management in the affected states. The National Headquarters provided Non Food Items to 7 branches from its prepositioned Non Food Items.
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