Armenia

Armenia Floods Situation Report No. 2, 1 July 1997

Format
Situation Report
Source
Posted
Originally published
Ref: DHAGVA - 97/0410

Southern Armenia - Floods

I. UPDATED OVERVIEW

1. Situation in the region of Goris remains critical since
floods started two weeks ago, although flood water has been
now entirely drained from the town.

2. A WHO team estimated that the medical supplies saved
from floods are only sufficient to cover the needs of the
Goris population for one week. The problem of water-born
diseases, already acute in Goris, has been exacerbated by the
multiple fractures in water and sewage lines.

3. UNDP reported that, including the villages in Sisian
and Goris districts, 12,100 MT of wheat, barley, cereals,
potatoes, fruit and vegetables have been destroyed. Losses
caused to crops and home gardens will result in food shortages
for the winter and decreased income for many families.

4. DHA field team prepared detailed reports on water-
related damages in the affected region/villages. These reports
are available from DHA-Geneva upon request.

II. RELIEF REQUIREMENTS

5. The Government of Armenia has confirmed the request for
international assistance for the victims of this disaster.
Local authorities in Goris have reported detailed
requirements, by affected village and by item. Below is a
summary table of assistance needed for repair works to water
drainage, drinking water supply and sewage systems. The cost
of these works is estimated at USD 1 million.

Description Quantity
Cement 1,880 MT
Armoured material A-1
(for cement reinforcement)
3 MT
Armoured material A-2 16 MT
Wooden planks 20 M3
Metallic pipes 100 mm 330 m
Metallic pipes 150 mm 415 m
Metallic pipes 200 mm 55 m
Spigots 200 mm 9 units
Spigots 200 mm 1 unit
Concrete pipes 300 mm 50 m
Concrete pipes 350 mm 570 m
concrete pipes 400 mm 180 m
Ceramic pipes 350 mm 430 m
Ceramic pipes 400 mm 160 m

III. NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RESPONSE / COORDINATION OF
INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE

6. Authorities in Goris have started cleaning of streets
using their own machinery and fuel sent by nearby towns. Some
temporary emergency repair works on communications lines have
already been done. Local authorities have also started
remedial works to restore health facilities to operational
capacity. Provision of basic drinking water is being assured
by mobile water-tanks.

7. UNHCR contributed USD 10,000, which, jointly with DHA
Emergency Grant, will be used by local authorities to start
emergency rehabilitation of drinking water and sewage systems.

8. DHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash
contributions, to be used during the immediate relief phase,
in coordination/consultation with relevant organizations of
the United Nations system. DHA provides donors with written
confirmation and pertinent details concerning the utilization
of the funds contributed.

9. Donors wishing to channel their contributions through
DHA should transfer funds to DHA account no. CO.590.160.1 at
the Swiss Bank Corporation, Case Postale 2770, CH-1211 Geneva
2, Switzerland, with reference: Armenia - Floods

10. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to
inform DHA-Geneva, as indicated below, of relief missions/
pledges/contributions and their corresponding value by item.

Telephone number: +41-22-917-1234
In case of emergency only: +41-22-917-2010
Desk Officer: Mr. Sergio Piazzi, direct tel: +41-22-917-3518
Contact for media: Ms. M. Moulin-Acevedo, direct tel: +41-22-917-2856
Telex: 41 42 42 dha ch
Fax: +41-22-917-0023
E-mail: info@dha.unicc.org

DEPARTMENT OF HUMANITARIAN AFFAIRS