OCHA Situation Report No. 7
08 December 1998
1. It snowed on 6 and 7 December 1998 in the Transcarpathian Region. The snow depth is from 4 to 24 cm, up to 37 cm on the highlands. The weather conditions have not influenced the hydrological regime of the rivers, where the water level continues to decrease.
2. 17 casualties are reported as a consequence of floods and landslides; one person is still missing. 2,695 buildings are destroyed or partially destroyed. At least 2,877 buildings have to be reconstructed. 7,820 people are displaced from their homes and reside with relatives or in public buildings.
3. Active landslide processes are being monitored in the region. Six mobile teams comprising geologists, hydrologists and construction experts continue to assess the consequences of the phenomenon in the Perechin, Rakhiv and Tyachiv districts. A team from the National Mineral Resources Institute joined to reinforce national efforts. 85 settlements were examined. The total length of destroyed and damaged roads is 769 km. 722,2 km of damaged roads and 19.4 of destroyed ones (out of 46.8 km in total) were renovated.
4. Since the beginning of the floods, 12 bridges (282-m total length) have been destroyed and 48 bridges (1,299-m total length) have been damaged. As of today, 38 damaged bridges (928 m total length) have been repaired. River dike reconstruction works have been completed at all the 25 high priority sites. 31.6 km of river dikes remain to be repaired.
5. The surface underground water monitoring is continuing. Water quality remains stable and meets standards. Complex anti-epidemic countermeasures are being carried out. 148 bacteriological tests of potable water were conducted. In nine cases, water did not meet standards. 497.5 km of riverbeds, 196 settlements and 589.9 km of minor streams were cleaned up. Veterinary experts examined 531 settlements (26,126 households). 5,393 households were disinfected. The epidemiological situation is under control.
6. In addition to the international assistance reported in previous OCHA sitreps, the Government of Italy announced a USD 50,000 cash contribution, channelled through OCHA, and the Government of Austria provided medical supplies, valued at USD 10,000, through the Austrian Red Cross, and USD 43,000 cash grant through Caritas.
7. IFRC and OCHA continue to coordinate their actions. Close cooperation and information sharing is also maintained 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.
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