OCHA Situation Report No. 8
15 December 1998
1. It snowed on 13 and 14 December 1998 in the Transcarpathian Region. The snow depth is from 9 - 70 cm, up to 80 cm on the highlands. The water level continues to decrease. The temperature is minus 4-9 degrees centigrade.
2. 17 casualties are reported as consequence of flood and landslides, one person is still missing. 2,695 buildings are destroyed or partially destroyed. At least 2,877 buildings have to be reconstructed. As of 14 December, 640 buildings have been cleaned of mud and debris, the locations of 857 destroyed buildings have been cleaned up and 20 new buildings are being constructed.
3. 10,538 people are displaced from their homes and reside with their relatives or in public buildings. The Government has purchased 110 apartments for the displaced people. Construction materials are coming from other Ukrainian regions and abroad. Active landslide processes are being monitored in five districts of the region. 108 houses were assessed to be in immediate danger and residents had to be evacuated. Some additional 135 buildings are located in potentially hazardous areas.
4. To date, 29 km of destroyed roads (out of 46.8 km in total) have been renovated and 40 damaged bridges have been repaired. River dike reconstruction works have been completed at all the 25 high priority sites and 6.5 km of river dikes have been repaired.
5. Complex of anti-epidemic countermeasures are being carried out and 5,584 households have been disinfected. The epidemiological situation is under control.
6. The Emergency Ministry of Ukraine reported that foreign assistance in favour of the flood-affected population will be exempted from import taxes until 1 February 1999.
7. In addition to the international assistance reported in previous OCHA sitreps, UNESCO announced a USD 20,000 cash contribution and the Government of Germany provided relief supplies, valued at USD 30,100, through the NGO Melteser-Hilfsdienst. The NGO Hifa-Austria organized three road convoys with relief supplies to the affected region.
8. Close cooperation and information sharing is 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.
9. 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.
10. 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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