Ukraine Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 4

Situation Report
Originally published
Ukraine Floods
OCHA Situation Report No.4
17 November 1998


1. Ten days of heavy rain in the western Transcarpathia region of Ukraine affected 120 towns and villages, causing the death of 14 people and rendering some 9,000 homeless. More rain and snow are expected on Thursday, although at present flood water level is continuing to decrease. On 16 November, the level of Tisa river was measured at 9.20 m, which is 4 metres below the peak level of 13 metres registered a few days ago. Nine settlements (1,554 households) remain flooded. Reported number of destroyed dwelling houses is 1,940 (plus 1,295 partially destroyed). 8,466 residents have been temporarily evacuated from the affected zone.

2. The Government earmarked 11.2 million hryvna (3.2 million dollars) for flood victims. At present 5,893 rescuers and rehabilitation workers, equipped by 1197 vehicles and heavy machines (including 13 amphibian transporters and 7 helicopters), are operating in the affected region. Over the last 24 hours electric power was restored in two settlements, centralized gas supply in three settlements.


3. The Government indicates that most urgent relief needs remain medicines and warm clothing. Sanitary and epidemiological situation continues to be source of concern.


4. The total amount of in kind humanitarian assistance delivered from other regions of Ukraine and from abroad are as follows:

1,891.3 MT of food, 58,326 pieces of cloths and footwear, 1,321.25 MT of machine oil and fuel, 8,478.74 MT of construction materials.

5. A Hungarian mobile health centre was deployed on 11 November in the Ukrainian Varievo village (Beregovo District) to help local population. Eleven vehicles, eight medical doctors, eight nurses and paramedics, two pharmacists and 25 staff members operate the centre. Medical staff take care of 20-25 people a day, and will be operational on the territory of Ukraine till 20-21 November. The centre works in close coordination with the local hospital.

6. Summary table of foreign in kind assistance reported by the Government of Ukraine:

Poland (Govt.) Beds
1,000 ea.
200 ea.
100 ea.
Bed linen
11,100 ea.
Winter garments
39,745 ea
Winter footwear
772 ea
Blankets/sleeping bags
7,150 ea
Kitchenware, sets
3,420 ea.
Hygienic items
1,000 ea.
Humanitarian daily rations
2,000 ea.
400,000 ea.
Power generators
31 units
Field mobile shower
1 unit
Ditch digging equipment
31 units
Broad spectrum antibiotics
3,500 amp/tab
Hungary (Govt.) Emergency hospital
1 unit
Rubber boats
1,980 units
10,000 ea.
100,000 ea.
38.5 Mt
250 ea.
5 ea.
Hospital beds
8 ea.
27,500 kg
108,200 kg
200 kg
Vegetable oil
150 litres
Canned food
5,124 kg
Food (miscellaneous)
8,300 kg
500 litres
Mineral water (1.5lit. bottles)
180 ea.
75 kg
Slovak (NGOs) Food
239 kg
43 k
Footwear and clothes
276 packs
Netherlands (NGOs) Paint
1,000 kg
Window glass
800 kg
Construction material
250 kg
4,200 kg
3, 750 kg
Sanitary items
285 kg

7. IFRC and OCHA continue to coordinate their actions. Close cooperation and information sharing is also maintained also with the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Center of NATO which regularly sends reports on the situation to its network of Points of Contact for International Disaster Assistance in NATO and Partner Countries.

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 below, 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:

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