Ukraine Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 2

Situation Report
Originally published

Ref: Ocha/Gva-98/0344
Ukraine Floods
OCHA Situation Report No.2
09 November 1998


1. Heavy rains in Western Ukraine, started on November 6, 1998, are causing significant increase of water level in the basin of Tisa River and have already flooded more than 100 towns and villages in Tyachev, Rahi, Vinogradi, Mukachevo, Khust Perechin, Svalyava, Irshave, Uzhgoro districts in Transcarpathian Region of Ukraine, as well as considerable areas of Mukachevo and Khust cities.

2. A total of 118 towns and villages in Transcarpathian region are flooded, affecting about 400,000 people. 24, 340 people had to be evacuated to safe areas.

3. On the night of 8 November, the most dangerous situation was reported between Tyachev and Chop cities, where the level of Tisa River had been raising till 23.00 hours, and stabilized at the 1327 cm level. 13,900 people have been evacuated from the city of Chop and its outskirts.

4. There is no telephone communication with 67 villages. Roads, particularly between local municipalities were heavily damaged and 5 bridges demolished by the water. Railroad traffic was already restored in the whole area. 102 electric transformers were damaged.

5. 8,471 rescue officers, 689 vehicles and heavy machines, including three helicopters, have been deployed to respond to the disaster.


6. Preliminary data provided by the Ministry of Emergency indicate the following damage as of 18:00 hours, 7 November 1998, in the region: 6,645 households damaged, 310 households destroyed, 6 bridges destroyed, 12 bridges damaged, 59 km of roads damaged, 75 km of river banks, water supply/pumping stations washed away or damaged, 4.5 km of railways damaged and about 79 km of artificial dikes washed away, 100,000 hecters agricultural land flooded.

7. On 7 November 1998 the Government of Ukraine requested the United Nations to launch a first appeal for international assistance in favour of affected population. Detailed needs assessed by the Government for the affected segments of the population include the following items, in the same priority order:

1. Antibiotics in tablets and for injection
1,000 +1,000 sets
2. Analgesics in tablets and for injection
1,000 sets
3. Antispasmodics in tablets and for injection
1,000 sets
4. Cardiac-vascular drugs in tablets and for injection
1,000 sets
5. Sensitizing drugs
500 sets
6. Insulin
10,000 sets
7. Sulfanilamide
2,000 - 3,000 sets
8. Dressing materials
2,000 pieces
9. Disinfectants
10 MT.
10. Syringes
3,000 pieces
11. Systems for blood transfusion
3,000 pieces
12. Vaccines:
- antihepatitis
50 sets
- antityphoid
50 sets
- antipoliomyelities
50 sets
13. Serum:
- antitetanus
100 sets
- antigangrene
20 sets
- antibotulism
200 sets
Personal priority items:
1. Personal hygiene items
40,000 sets
2. Towels
40,000 pieces
3. Bed clothes
80,000 sets
4. Winter garments
40,000 items
5. Winter footwear
40,000 items
6. Kitchen ware
40,000 sets
7. Table ware
10,000 sets
8. Blankets

1. Canned meat
2. Canned meat with vegetables
3. Biscuits
4. Bread
5. Sugar
6. Tea

Constructing materials for rehabilitation/reconstruction
1. Cement
83, 150 MT
2. Slate
2,764 pieces
3. Bricks
51,750,000 pieces
4. Millwork:
- windows
80,000 sq.m
- doors
80,00 sq.m
5. Glass 2,5 - 3,00 mm
70, 500 sq.m
6. Metal of different types
5,030 MT
7. Timber
25, 575 cub.m
8. Nails and studs
54 MT
18 MT
9. Roofing materials
210,000 sq.m
10. Bitumen BH-4, BH-5
1,250 MT
BH-2 (for roads)
50,000 MT
11. Lime milled
390 MT
12. Sand
56,000 cub.m
13. Rubble
221,000 cub.m
8. Ukrainian Government indicated the following contacts for the coordination of international assistance:

1. Transcarpathian regional authorities and Operative group of the Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine
Tel:+380-3122-33-551, 13-161, 380-050-311-5961
Fax:+ 380-3122-13-227

2. The Ministry of Emergencies of Ukraine
Tel: +380-44-247-3050, 226.3507 (24 hours)
+380-247-3079, 247-3084 (English and French speaking staff available from 8AM till 8PM)
Fax: +380-226-2085, 247-3211

9. The Ukraine Government also provided the following bank accounts for donations and cash contributions to:

1. Nadiya Regional Charity Foundation
Account No.2600330032623 in Ukrsotsbank (Uzhgorod City) MFO 312011 code 20433221

2. Transcarpathian regional organisation of the Red Cross of Ukraine
Account No. 32302308701 in the National Bank of Ukraine (Uzhgorod City) MFO 312152 code 02940183

10. OCHA is working in close cooperation with the Government of Ukraine through the Permanent Mission in Geneva and the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator in Kiev. Close contacts are also held with the IFRC European Department for the mobilization of required assistance and with a French NGO, Comité d’aide Médicale, which is operating in the region.

11. 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.

12. 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.

13. This Situation Report and further information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://

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