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Worldwide silent disasters 2015

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The lack of visibility and media attention in the case of small-scale disasters means that international appeals or funding are not forthcoming to support any response, and few other sources are available to first-responders. DREF makes it possible to assist in case of these silent disaster.
The Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) provides immediate financial support to Red Cross Red Crescent National Societies, enabling them to act as first responders after a disaster. Projects in this programme are funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and provide monetary support for small, silent disasters around the world in 2015.

      DREF appeals are initiated by IFRC and are implemented in cooperation with Host National Society. During 2015, twenty-one DREF operations brought assistance to an estimated 800,000 people of whom approximately: -226,000 assisted following natural disasters such as earthquakes and floods -75,000 directly or indirectly reached through response to epidemics -510,000 reached following population movement and civil unrest.

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Het Nederlandse Rode Kruis Landelijk Bureau

Disaster type

Flood, Conflict, Tech. Disaster, Epidemic, Cold Wave, Extratropical Cyclone, Tropical Cyclone, Wild fire, Earthquake


Emergency food aid, Material relief assistance and services

Disaster Management Phase