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Ukraine Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 3

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Ref. OCHAGVA-98/0346
Ukraine Floods
OCHA Situation Report No.3
12 November 1998

GENERAL SITUATION

1. According to the information reports received from the Government of Ukraine on 11 and 12 November 1998, situation in Transcarpathian Region is still difficult. As Operative Group of the Ministry reported, there are ten casualties at the moment. At 6AM on 11 November 1998 the water level in Tisa River stabilized at the 1244-cm mark. According to weather forecast, heavy rains with snow are anticipated during next few days in the region which may cause up to 20 cm increase of water level in local rivers except Tisa River near Chop City.

2. The latest data available indicates eleven casualties, 230 affected people in the hospitals, 118 towns and villages (21,243 households) flooded, 1,321 dwelling-houses destroyed. Epidemiological situation in the region is still complicated; 36% of potable water does not meet bacteriological contamination standards.

NATIONAL RESPONSE

3. The Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine has created an ad-hoc flood response group. The intergovernmental working commission headed by Minister V. Kalchenko continues on-site disaster management, including rehabilitation of the roads, railroads, bridges, dikes, electric power grid. 9,550 rescuers and rehabilitation workers equipped by 879 vehicles and heavy machines are employed at present

4. On the morning of 11 November 1998 the situation was as follows:

Damaged
Restored
To be restored
Flooded towns and villages
118
Flooded households
35,204
Destroyed households
1,129
1,129
Relocated people
21,119
9,596
11,603
Destroyed roads (km)
206
161
45
Destroyed bridges
30
30
Destroyed railroads (km)
0.6
0.6
Electric power transformers
928
683
245
Electric power feeders
254
201
53
- 110 kV
6
5
1
- 35 kV
15
7
8
- 10 kV
104
82107
22
Towns and villages cut from electric power grid
129
107
22
Towns and villages cut from phone communication lines
187
155
32
Destroyed dikes (km)
5.6
5.6
Flooded water supply stations
9
9
Flood sewerage pumping stations
21
21
5. By the end of that day the electric power connection was restored in nine towns, the phone communication - in twelve towns, eight water supply stations and seventeen sewerage pumping stations were restored.

NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL RELIEF ASSISTANCE

6. The volume of humanitarian relief goods (foodstuffs, medicines, clothes, construction materials, machine oil and fuel) coming from other regions of Ukraine and from abroad has increased in comparison with the previous days

7. OCHA has allocated, through the UNDP Office in Ukraine, a USD 20 000 emergency grant for the immediate local procurement of urgently needed life-saving supplies for the most vulnerable groups amongst affected population.

8. Government of Hungary has informed that they handed over a consignment of canned food, clothes, protecting clothing, rubber boots, sand bags and torches to the affected population and rescuers fighting the floods. Hungarian charitable organizations have joined the immediate aid action by the Government. Aid deliveries consisting of drinking water, food, warm clothes, blankets and hygiene items are reportedly handed over continuously at the border crossing points Chop and Beregsurany. The General Assembly of Budapest intends to send an emergency hospital with doctors, medicines and injections.

9. Governments of Ukraine and Hungary have reported that they made mutual arrangements for extraordinary border crossing measures for providing safe ground space on their territories for the evacuation of the affected population of the other country in case of need.

10. Reports from Ukraine indicate also that Slovak Republic has made a decision to render help to the West Ukraine, and that some non-governmental organizations from Italy and Switzerland intend to render humanitarian help.

11. IFRC and OCHA have met to further the close cooperation and coordination of their actions, including information sharing of the findings coming from the governments, UN and from the IFRC and Ukrainian RC assessment mission. The Federation is working to secure USD 320,000 plus 40 metric tons of winter cloths and blankets. The needs are much higher and IFRC is considering to obtain increased support through the RC network, donor governments and ECHO.

12. Close cooperation and information sharing is maintained also with the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center of NATO who has alerted and regularly sends reports on the situation to its network of Points of Contact for International Disaster Assistance in NATO and Partner Countries.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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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