Flooding in Europe situation report 22 Aug 2002
Floods have also caused severe damage in the Black Sea region of the Russian Federation, southern parts of Romania, Austria, Germany, Hungary, Slovakia and Bulgaria.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provided $35,000 for the distribution of food parcels, hygiene kits, and basic commodities for response to the flooding in the Russian Federation.
We are responding to the flooding in the Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary as members of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) International network. $75,000 in ACT Rapid Response Funds is being used to help in the response; Presbyterian Disaster Assistance provides $30,000 annually to support of the Rapid Response fund. Specific needs cannot fully be determined until the flood-waters recede; as a member of the ACT network, PDA will continue to support and participate in the broader response, as the needs are made known.
SITUATION REPORT UPDATE: SUMMARY OF RESPONSES BY ACT TO FLOODING IN EUROPE
Ecumenical Council of Churches in Czech Republic (ECC): 'we should focus on ordinary people who lost their properties. This can be done via ecumenical flood committees, which we are in the process of setting up. Public buildings and infrastructure should remain subject of concern of the local Government.'
Diakonia of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren (ECCB): 'ECCB Diakonia mobilized its centers and involved its volunteers in the joint operation to clean up debris. The centers are situated in the crisis areas where the help is most needed. ECCB has gone an extra mile to call on as many young people as possible to join various rescue operations organized by ECCB and other partner organizations. In addition, ECCB has deployed teams of psycho-social experts to work with people trauma caused by losing their family members or property. ECCB has formed a Flood Coordination center, which networks with other local crisis teams from partner organizations. The Flood Coordination center is also working actively to prepare the ground for fund-raising at local level and abroad.
Orthodox Church in the Czech Lands (OCCL)/Czech Orthodox Filantropia (COF): 'Special attention will be given to the displaced. COF has already accommodated about 40 children, women and elderly. Humanitarian aid is distributed on regular basis. COF seeks to continue with emergency provisions to alleviate suffering of people in the hardest-hit areas of CZR, yet not ignoring longer-term needs for rehabilitation of public infrastructure.
Czechoslovak Hussite Church (CHC): 'CHC has prioritized in favor of most needy groups as well as the ones who are deprived from access to relief resources. We are still receiving in new reports each day as the churches are still in the process of evacuations, care of evacuees and other short and long-term assessments of the flood related damages. It has to be pointed out that in all communities there is a need for emergency supplies for clean-up and housing, emergency food supplies and other.'
Orthodox Church and Church of Czech Brethren have received $25,000 each in ACT Rapid Response funds for their initial response.
HUNGARY and SLOVAKIA
Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA): 'From the very first days of crisis, HIA has deployed all its national resources to assist affected local population in Hungary and neighboring Slovakia. HIA has issued an appeal at the local level, which has been quite well supported so far. HIA has been actively networking with its partners and other ACT members in the affected region. They are currently looking into rendering assistance to the most vulnerable in the neighboring Slovakia through Slezka Diakonia Bratislava.
HIA points out that the situation in Hungary is coming under control and that the country has so far received a significant financial support.
The Ecumenical Association of Churches in Romania (AIDROM) reports that people who have been displaced by the mass of water are in immediate need of food, temporary shelter and basic hygiene items. AIDROM has submitted a proposal for financial support for their emergency program for Romania. $25,000 from Act Rapid Response funds has been sent to help with the initial response.
Russian Orthodox Church, Department of External Church Relations has submitted a project proposal for emergency assistance to the affected population of flood-hit Krasnodar region.