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31 Aug 1997 description

REG. NO. 97/0344
HIGHLIGHTS

Rain and flood update.
OXFAM surveyed Women in Prison.

31 Jul 1997 description

By K.P. Foley

Washington, 31 July 1997 (RFE/RL) - Azerbaijani President Heidar Aliyev says Azerbaijan is willing to grant what he calls the highest degree of autonomy, but not independence, to the predominantly ethnic Armenian enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

08 Jul 1997 description

SITUATION UPDATE

1. On 7 July, following a second wave of freak weather, 32 districts throughout Azerbaijan were affected by torrential rains and flooding waters. 9 persons were reported killed by mud flows and 2 others by storm lightning.

2. According to governmental reports, 200 buildings, 7,000 private houses, 9 hospitals, 51 schools, 40 bridges and many stretches of road were damaged following three days of exceptional rains. The amount of rain which fell on Azerbaijan from 4 to 6 July exceeded seven times the monthly average.

07 Jul 1997 description

Flooding caused by heavy rains destroyed agricultural crops and infrastructure in Armenia and Azerbaijan last month, threatening food security in the two Central Asian countries. According to UNDP estimates, more than 12,000 tons of wheat, barley, cereals, potatoes, fruit and vegetables were destroyed in the Sisian and Goris districts of Armenia. In Azerbaijan, flooding has destroyed 25 bridges, 1,750 buildings, power and communication lines, as well as large areas of arable land and crops.