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OCHA Situation Report No. 8
CHURCH WORLD SERVICE
EMERGENCY RESPONSE OFFICE
34 Denominations & Communions Working Together to Meet Human Needs
Conditions in the Zakarpattya province in western Ukraine, which was hit by floods and landslides last month, remain bad. In addition to the natural disaster, the economic situation in the region is appalling with very little hope of any improvement in the near future. According to official statistics, up to 95 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and there are some 50,000 families who need social assistance from the government.
Leonid Kuchma signed a draft law on a $200 million World Bank loan to upgrade Kyiv's heating system, AP reported on 9 December. The deal must be ratified by the parliament and is still subject to the IMF's approving the government's reform program. The money would be used to modernize the city's power plants. Kuchma also issued a decree setting up a special economic zone in Transcarpathia, the western part of the country that was hit badly by floods last month. The decree grants tax breaks and provides incentives for investment in the region. PB
OCHA Situation Report No. 7
OCHA Situation Report No. 6
01 December 1998
1. There was no rain on 29 and 30 November 1998 in the affected region. The snow level is 1-3 cm in the valleys and up to 13 cm in the mountain areas. The water levels in the rivers are decreasing. The air temperature is between minus three and plus five. According to the forecast, the weather will not change significantly during the next two days.
2. The number of fatal casualties is 17, and one person is still missing.
OCHA Situation Report No. 5
25 November 1998
1. The weather forecast calls for light snow precipitation in the mountain region with temperature below freezing point. The biggest sources of concern remain related to the cold weather and the possibility of landslides in some areas.
Following heavy rainfall during the last two months, large areas of Slovenia, the north-western part of Romania and the north-eastern region of Hungary are devastated by extensive flooding. The floods affected the central, western and eastern areas of Slovenia, cutting roads, electricity and telephone-ines, and polluting drinking water. Landslides added to the disaster, leaving thousands in their homes without basic necessities. In north-eastern Hungary, the highest level of flood alert was declared.
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Geneva, 18 November 1998
Due to exceptionally heavy rains during September and October a large number of densely populated areas in the Transcarpathian Province of western Ukraine are now facing a critical flood situation. A total of 24,300 persons have been evacuated from their homes, 46 settlements are without electricity, 487 bridges severely damaged or destroyed and 382 kms of road under water.
OCHA Situation Report No.4
Over 400,000 people were affected by floods caused by severe rain in Western Ukraine last weekend. Nine districts of the Transcarpathian province were badly hit, and some 25,000 people were evacuated from their homes. Bridges were destroyed, dams were broken and motorways and railways have been eroded by flooding. A large number of the population is still at risk, since sewage and water supply systems were heavily damaged. The authorities have already issued warnings to people not to drink the contaminated water, as risks of epidemics are high.
OCHA Situation Report No.3
12 November 1998
OCHA Situation Report No.2
09 November 1998
1. Heavy rains in Western Ukraine, started on November 6, 1998, are causing significant increase of water level in the basin of Tisa River and have already flooded more than 100 towns and villages in Tyachev, Rahi, Vinogradi, Mukachevo, Khust Perechin, Svalyava, Irshave, Uzhgoro districts in Transcarpathian Region of Ukraine, as well as considerable areas of Mukachevo and Khust cities.
Ref: OCHAGVA - 98/0343
OCHA situation report no. 1
Northern Hungary: Due to the heavy
rain earlier this week Hungary's second largest river and its tributaries
have been hit by the most serious floods this century.
The Hungarian Government has declared a state of emergency in the watershed areas of the Tisza river where heavy rains have caused fast rising water levels (from 90 cm to 6 meters).