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:
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.
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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