North Caucasus Emergency Health Update No. 9

Situation Report
Originally published


Health assistance to the population affected by the emergency. Compiled by WHO.
Number of internally displaced (IDPs) and their locations, as reported by the Migration Service of the Republic of Ingushetia, up to 20 January 2000:

Population profile Number of IDPs

IDPs from Chechnya in Ingushetia 260,443

IDPs from Chechnya in Dagestan 5,000*

IDPs who have returned to Chechnya 35.000-70.000 (17 January, UNHCR data)

IDPs who have moved to other regions 38,000 (17 January, UNHCR data)

* The actual number of Chechens seeking refuge in Dagestan is believed to be higher than those officially registered.

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.

There are 19 camps for IDPs and 182 spontaneous settlements with 22,000 inhabitants in Ingushetia..

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:

It is estimated that up to 20,000 civilians remain inside Grozny. Most of them are believed to have been hiding in cellars

for weeks, without electricity and adequate food or water. (21 January 2000, Relief Web/UNHCR)

At least 37 civilians, mainly children and old people, died of cold in Grozny last Thursday and Friday, Chechen Minister of Health

Umar Khambiyev was quoted as saying. (22 January 2000-AFP).

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