OCHA situation report no. 1
8 November 1998
APPEAL FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE
1. Heavy rains in Western Ukraine have flooded more than 100 towns and villages affecting 400,000 people.
2. The Government of Ukraine reported that a total of 107 small towns and villages and two cities in the Zakarpattia region were flooded, while 11 settlements in the Lviv region were hit. Floods and landslides have damaged roads, railways and electricity lines in the region, and several villages in remote areas have become unreachable by road. In particular, major floods are reported in Tjachev, Rahiv, Vinogradiv, Mukachevo, Khust, Perechin, Svaljava, Irshava and Uzhgorod regions of the Transcarpathian province.
3. About 3,000 people have been evacuated from the affected areas, and 2 casualties were reported. The situation remains precarious as national meteorologists anticipate more rain with peak of floods still to come.
4. More than 2,500 rescue staff, equipped with heavy machinery and one helicopter, deployed by the Ministry for Emergency Situations, the Ministry of Defence and The State Border Committee are working to repair damages. The Government has already allocated 1.2 million hryvna (USD 400,000) for urgent rehabilitation works.
5. The Office of the UN Resident Coordinator/OCHA Representative is working with the Ukrainian Government in Kijev in order to compile a detailed map of the affected zone, with priority needs by item/location. OCHA has activated its emergency response system and is closely coordinating with the Permanent Missions of Ukraine in Geneva and New York.
REQUEST FOR INTERNATIONAL ASSISTANCE
6. On 7 November 1998, the Government of Ukraine requested the United Nations to launch an appeal for international assistance in favour of the affected population. Most urgent needs include the following items:
- dried milk
- footwear for children and adults
- clothing for children and adults
- mobile power stations: 5-10 KW 220 V 50 Hz
- blood transfusion equipment
- medicines: prednizolon, gheksametazon
- construction materials
8. OCHA is prepared to serve as a channel for cash contributions for the immediate relief needs detailed above. Funds channelled through OCHA will be spent in coordination with the relevant organizations of the UN system and OCHA will provide written confirmation of their use. Funds should be transferred to OCHA account No. CO-590.160.1 at the UBS AG, PO Box 2770, CH-1211 Geneva 2, with reference: OCHA - Ukraine - Floods.
9. For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA Geneva, as indicated blow, of relief missions, pledges or contributions and their corresponding values by item.
10. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int.
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