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Ukraine Floods OCHA Situation Report No. 9

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OCHA/GVA 99/0010
Ukraine Floods
OCHA Situation Report No. 9
29 January 1999

General Situation

According to the information received from Ukraine directly and through IFRC, the development of the situation in the Transcarpathian region, hit by floods in November 1998, can be described as follows :

1. The floods, considered to be the worst in this century, claimed the lives of 17 people and caused evacuation of 24,340 people from their houses. Total of 269 settlements were affected with 1426 houses destroyed completely, 1344 - partially, and 2887 requiring repair. 769 km of roads and 48 bridges were damaged (of which 46.8 km of roads and 12 bridges were completely destroyed).

2. The local authorities, Government of Ukraine and international community responded to the disaster by providing assistance to the affected population and restoring the infrastructure destroyed by the floods. On the date of reporting (25.01.1999), the following had been accomplished:

  • Number of dismantled houses - 1074, number of new foundations of buildings constructed 29, number of flats purchased by the Government for the displaced persons 192.
  • Electricity supply to all settlements of the region had been restored. Only three settlements were connected on a temporary basis.
  • All 46.8 km of roads completely destroyed by the floods had been repaired on a temporary basis. 10 bridges (184m) remained destroyed, 2 bridges (60m) remained damaged. Traffic was directed through temporarily constructed bridges. Work was continuing.
  • Telephone connections were in place with all settlements. At the same time out of 173 settlements where communications had been lost, 14 were still connected on a temporary basis.

3. Health care situation (number of patients): Acute Respiratory Infections - 222.9 cases per 1000 of population, of them 60.2% children under 14 years old; Stomach individual (isolated) cases; Gastrointestinal Typhoid fever 6.8 cases per 100,000 of population; TVS 514 new cases detected (indicator is 39.9 people per 100000 of population); HIV/AIDS infected 58, including 1 child aged 2 years.

4. Epidemiological situation in the region was stable. For the last week 362 water tests were done; only 18 of them did not meet the standard.

5. Research and studies on landslides continued: 129 houses, from where population should be obligatorily moved, were identified and 156 houses were found to have been located in the zone of spontaneous danger of landslides.

6. The immediate humanitarian needs were covered but due to the winter months ahead and the economic situation in the region, there remains demand for reconstruction materials, food aid, medical supplies and water purification systems.

7. The floods have also affected the natural reserves in the Transcarpathian region to the degree that, by decree of the President of Ukraine, the region had been declared an area of environmental emergency. The Ministry for Environmental Protection and Nuclear Safety (MEPNS) of Ukraine issued an appeal to the international organisations to render financial and technical assistance for rehabilitation of the natural reserves in the Eastern Carpathians.

International assistance

8. Close cooperation and information sharing have been maintained from the very beginning by OCHA with IFRC and the Euro-Atlantic Disaster Response Coordination Centre (EADRCC) of NATO . They contributed to the mobilisation of international response through their respective networks of disaster response contacts in governmental and non-governmental relief organisations.

9. The international assistance provided so far in response to this disaster exceeded 2.8 mln USD (see the table attached).

10. On 14 January 1999 EADRCC reported that a Luxembourg-based donor organisation had offered 4,200 kg of clothing and 860 kg of medical equipment to Ukraine and issued a request for EAPC countries to provide transportation to Uzhgorod (no offer has been made to date).

11. HIFA -Austria, an Austrian NGO, informed, on 21 January 1999, of their intention to send another (fourth) convoy with relief supplies (mainly food) to Mukatchevo by the end of January 1999.

12. In response to the appeal issued by the MEPNS of Ukraine, the UNEP Regional Office for Europe informed that UNEP was willing and ready, in coordination with OCHA, to assist MEPNS and Ukrainian National Inter-Agency Emergency Commission in conducting assessment of the damage caused by the floods on infrastructure, biodiversity and the runoff pattern of the watersheds affected.

13. 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.

14. This is the last situation report on this disaster unless another report is required by the circumstances.

15. This report and other information on ongoing emergencies are also available on the OCHA Internet Website at: http://www.reliefweb.int.

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Donor
Description
Value in USD
Channel
UNESCO
Cash
20,000 
UNESCO
EUROPEAN COMMISSION/ECHO
Cash - ECU 850,000
980,392 
NGOs
Cash for medical supplies and laboratory equipment - ECU 400,000
466,744 
Germany RC
AUSTRIA
Cash - ATS 500,000
42,016 
Caritas
Clothing, bedding, household items*
NGO
CANADA
Cash - CAD 75,000
48,701 
IFRC
CZECH REPUBLIC
1,300 kg food, 9,150 kg clothing, 30 boxes of sheets, 50 bed covers, water and sanitation materials*
Bilateral
DENMARK
Beds, mattresses, household items*
Bilateral
FRANCE
Beds, mattresses etc.*
Bilateral
GERMANY
Cash - DM 250,000
147,058 
Germany RC
Cash for blankets, sheets, fire pumps, bedding, tents - DM 50,000
29,411 
Malteser HIlfsdienst
HUNGARY
Food, clothing, medicines and medical equipment, household items etc*
Bilateral
ITALY
Cash
50,000 
OCHA
JAPAN
Airlift of relief items: 6 tents, 3,700 blankets, 2 emergency health kits - JPY 13,918,000
114,081 
Bilateral
NETHERLANDS
Cash - NLG 241,313
125,683 
IFRC
Food, construction material, clothing, bedding, kitchenware, household items*
Bilateral
POLAND
5 road convoys with medicines, clothing, bedding, tents etc. - PLZ 2,000,000
593,471 
Bilateral
RUSSIAN FEDERATION
15,000 kg canned food, baby food, 300 blankets, 10,000 kg sugar
95,000 
Bilateral
SLOVAK REPUBLIC
1,049 kg food, 276 boxes clothing, 30 boxes of sheets, bed covers, detergents. electrical supplies*
Bilateral
UNITED STATES
Cash
25,000 
Bilateral
AUSTRIA RED CROSS
Clothing*
IFRC
DENMARK RED CROSS
50mt clothing*
IFRC
Handling costs
2,400 
IFRC
GERMANY RED CROSS
Cash - DM 30,000
17,964 
IFRC
IFRC
Cash - CHF 60,000
43,795 
IFRC
NORWAY RED CROSS
Cash - NOK 75,000
9,894 
IFRC
SPAIN RED CROSS
Relief items*
IFRC
SWITZERLAND RED CROSS
4,200 blankets, 10mt clothing, sleeping bags*
IFRC
Handling costs
1,500 
IFRC
UNITED KINGDOM RED CROSS
Cash - CHF 50,000
36,496 
IFRC
Footwear*
IFRC
TOTAL
(excluding contributions in-kind and services not costed)
2,849,606 

* Value of contribution not specified
** Estimated value
UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
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