1.0 General Humanitarian Overview
1.1 Sector lead agencies and NGO partners participated in a Flash Appeal retreat on 13 September to prepare for the next revision at the end of September. Members of the UN-EU-World Bank Joint Needs Assessment team for recovery joined the meeting to explain how the first phase of this three-year programme, will coincide with the timeframe of the Flash Appeal (October 08 - March 09). Whilst it was decided that the Flash Appeal will focus on newly displaced and other affected communities from the recent crisis, the Joint Needs Assessment will incorporate those long-term displaced populations from the 1991-92 conflict.
1.2 Each sector presented an outline of objectives and projects to be included in the appeal, based on achievements to date and areas for continued focus - such as durable solutions for IDPs who are unlikely return in the near future and the establishment of a monitoring system for returns already taken place.
1.3 Challenges for implementation were cited as capacity at the local-government level and security and lack of access to some areas south of the administrative boundary of South Ossetia. Cross cutting issues for all sectors were identified as the importance of obtaining a clearer picture of the population demographic(need for disaggregated data) in order to identify vulnerable groups and ensure they are prioritized in the response; the need for inter-sectoral coordination and strengthened information management; the importance of ensuring early recovery / transition activities in the Flash Appeal are consistent with the approach of the Joint Needs Assessment and are inclusive of all affected populations.
1.4 According to the most recent report from the Russian Federation's Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of 15 September, social welfare allowances/ compensation have been provided to 3,444 affected people with 1,000 rubles each as a 'one-off' material assistance. In addition, 4,851 retired persons have received a social allowance payment of 3000 rubles each (3,175 in South Ossetia, 1,676 in North Ossetia). 247 families received up to 50,000 rubles for lost property.
1.5 EMERCOM also reported 32,866 persons have returned to South Ossetia from displacement locations.
1.6 Some 166 people, including 16 children, are still in health facilities (125 people, including 15 children in North Ossetia, and 41 people in Moscow). 562 persons received medical assistance from a mobile medical group; 213 operations were performed. Two tent camps with space for 630 people is fully functioning in Tskhinvali, as well as three temporary accommodation centers for 370 local persons (hostels from a private company and South Ossetian University, as well as a private hotel accommodating 153 IDPs).
1.7 EMERCOM also reports that the de facto South Ossetia authorities have approved a list of free services to be provided to the local population until 31 December 2008. This includes public utilities, medical support, education, and transport services.
1.8 The city's electricity networks are restored. The works on repairs of the city's water pipeline has been completed. However, the repairs of a water reservoir with capacity of 16 000 cubic meters) is ongoing and will be completed by 20 September. The city's gas pipeline has been restored. Infrastructure repairs include the restoration and functioning of the TV broadcasting networks.
1.9 28 facilities (7 schools, 4 kindergartens, city's pediatric policlinic, the policlinic of Tskhinval, city's pharmacy, emergency hospital and other buildings) are being restored. Construction works are being conducted on 42 projects.
1.10 73 school cabinets delivered to Tskhinval (chemistry, biology, physics, geography, etc). 5 schools received computer classes (one per each school). Three schools have access to Internet.
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