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16 Oct 2003 description

The Federation's mission is to improve the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity. It is the world's largest humanitarian organization and its millions of volunteers are active in 178 countries. For more information: www.ifrc.org
Launched on: 19 July 2002 for 8 months for CHF 397,000 (revised from CHF 1,267,000) to assist 12,500 beneficiaries.

24 Apr 2003 description

Launched on 19 July 2002 for CHF 1,267,000 (USD 870,790 or for EUR 864,669) for 8 months. Due to a lack of donor interest, the appeal budget was revised to CHF 171,500.

03 Mar 2003 description

Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said on 26 February that his ministry is ready to help refugees and displaced persons in the event of a U.S.-led military action against the regime of Iraqi President Hussein, nns.ru reported. Shoigu said Russia would participate in humanitarian operations in the region under the aegis of the United Nations. "If the UN asks us and our government approves the request, we will provide humanitarian assistance to the citizens of Iraq," Shoigu said.

16 Jan 2003 description


This Ops Update is intended for reporting on emergency appeals.
Launched on 19 July 2002 for CHF 1,267,000 (USD 870,790 or for EUR 864,669) for 8 months. Due to a lack of donor interest, the appeal budget was revised to CHF 171,500.

DREF Allocated: CHF 50,000.

Beneficiaries: 12,500.

Period covered: 01 October 2002 - 10 January 2003; Ops Update No. 2 was issued on 14 October 2002; Next Ops Update is expected in late February 2003.

"At a Glance"

27 Sep 2002 description

Hundreds of lives may have been saved if the Kalka glacier had been monitored.

27 Sep 2002 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0200
OCHA Situation Report No. 2
Russian Federation - Avalanche

27 Sep 2002 description

This pair of false-color images (top) from the Advanced Spaceborne Thermal Emission and Reflection Radiometer (ASTER), flying aboard NASA's Terra satellite, shows Mt. Kazbek in Southern Russia before and after the recent collapse of the Kolka Glacier. On September 20, a collapse of a hanging glacier from the slope of Mt. Dzhimarai-Khokh onto the Kolka Glacier triggered an avalanche of ice and debris that went over the Maili Glacier terminus then slid more than 15 miles (24 km). The avalanche buried small villages in the Russian Republic of North Ossetia, killing dozens of people.

25 Sep 2002 description

In an interview with Ekho Moskvy on 24 September, Nikolai Osokin of the Russian Academy of Sciences' Institute of Geography said the glacier avalanche that occurred in North Ossetia on 20 September (see "RFE/RL Newsline," 23 and 24 September 2002) could not have been prevented, but it might have been predicted and people evacuated in advance. According to Osokin, there has been no monitoring of the country's most dangerous glaciers for many years, although it should be done at least once every five years.

24 Sep 2002 description

Moscow (dpa) - Little hope remained for more than 90 people missing after the glacier avalanche in the Caucasus republic of North Ossetia, Russian Emergency Situations Minister Sergei Shoigu said Tuesday.

"We have searched all areas that were cut off ... It's hard to say now that someone could have been left (alive) after such a catastrophe," the minister told NTV television.

23 Sep 2002 description

Ref: OCHA/GVA - 2002/0190
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Russian Federation - Avalanche

23 Sep 2002 description

Moscow (dpa) - Parts of the Russian Caucasus republic of North Ossetia faced heavy flooding Monday after the glacier avalanche that was feared to have killed more than 100 people.

As tens of thousands of tons of displaced ice began to melt, rivers and build-ups of water threatened to spill over and immerse villages in the affected region, the Interfax news agency said.

21 Sep 2002 description
report Pravda.RU

According to specified information of the operative group of the Northern Osetia Emergency Ministry, working in the Karmadon settlement, where glacier went down, 100 people have got to the disaster area.

Search and rescue services of the Emergency Ministry of Northern Osetia and Ingushetia are working in the area, Interfax correspondent reports.

Motorcar route in Karmadon gorge is blocked by 2-metre-thick barrier of ice, fallen trees and slush at a distance of about 5 km from the Gizel settlement.

21 Sep 2002 description

Federal Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer expresses his condolences to his Russian counterpart following the serious avalanche, and offers German assistance

Federal Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer expressed his deep sympathy on Saturday (21 September) to the families of the many victims of the serious avalanche in the Republic of North Ossetia. In a letter to the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation, Igor Ivanov, the German Foreign Minister underlined the great shock he felt on hearing of the disaster.