North Caucasus Emergency Health Update No. 7

Situation Report
Originally published


Health assistance to the population affected by the emergency.
Compiled by WHO.
Profile of IDP population

Number of internally displaced (IDPs) and their locations, as reported by federal and regional governmental authorities, up to 12 January:

Population profile
Number of IDPs
IDPs from Chechnya in Ingushetia
150,000 - 185,000
IDPs who have returned home
35,000 - 70,000
IDPs from Chechnya in Dagestan

The above numbers are changing constantly as people move to other republics or to the northern parts of Chechnya.

The United Nations estimates that at least 75% of IDPs in Ingushetia are living with host families.

According to various sources of information, 15,000-40,000 civilians still remain in Grozny.

Both in Ingushetia and Dagestan, women and children make up an overwhelming majority of the IDPs.

According to the UNHCR household survey, 78% of the IDPs are women and children.

Latest news:

Both sides of the conflict are accusing the other of using chemical weapons.

Chechen President Aslan Maskhadov calls for a ceasefire because of critical level of chemical contamination in Grozny, "resulting from the Russian air bombardment of a chemical plant in the city and the use of chemical weapons by Russian forces".
Russian federal forces categorically deny this and say that chlorine released by Chechen rebels poses a hazard for civilians trapped in Grozny.

It seems, however, that both sides agree on the reality of hazardous release of chlorine or other chemicals.

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