Ukraine

Western Ukraine/Transcarpathia Flood Relief

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Appeal
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Appeal EUUK81-Appeal Target: US$ 852,850
Geneva, 18 November 1998

Dear Colleagues,

Due to exceptionally heavy rains during September and October a large number of densely populated areas in the Transcarpathian Province of western Ukraine are now facing a critical flood situation. A total of 24,300 persons have been evacuated from their homes, 46 settlements are without electricity, 487 bridges severely damaged or destroyed and 382 kms of road under water.

At the request of the Protestant Churches in Hungary, Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) has been monitoring the flood disaster and assessing the emergency needs in the flood affected region of Transcarpathia. An HIA disaster response team has been formed and has contacted local municipalities and church congregations in the affected region. Working in close co-operation with these groups, HIA has provided some initial food assistance to those individuals working to secure the swelling river banks.

HIA has requested ACT appeal support for immediate assistance to flood affected vulnerable persons, as well as rehabilitation projects for flood damaged homes and community structures. We thank you for your attention and support.

Please kindly send your contributions to the ACT bank account.

For further information, please contact:

ACT Co-ordinator, Miriam Lutz (Phone 41-22-791 60 32 or mobile phone ++41-89 203 60 55)
or
ACT Appeals Officer, Dirk Van Gorp (Phone 41-22-791 60 40 or mobile 41-79-433 05 92)

ACT Web Site address: http://www.wcc-coe.org/act/

Rev. Myra Blyth
Director
Miriam Lutz
ACT Co-ordinator
Rev. Rudolf Hinz
Director -LWF/World Service
I. REQUESTING ACT MEMBER

Hungarian Interchurch Aid (ACT/HIA)

II. DESCRIPTION Of The EMERGENCY SITUATION

Background

The traditional sources of employment in Western Ukraine are agriculture and lumber, along with some light and heavy industries. In recent years, due to the economic instabilities caused by the disintegration of the Soviet Union, the local level of unemployment has risen to 30%. Those working for the public administration also face difficulties relating to late and unpaid salaries. When actually paid, the average monthly salary is the equivalent of 90 DEM and pensions equal approximately 30 DEM.

Current Situation

In September and October 1998, the Transcarpathian-basin region was hit by especially heavy rainfall. President Kucma declared a state of emergency in the region. The rivers Tisza, Szamos, Túr and Kraszna have all burst their banks in several places. A total of 118 settlements in 11 districts are under water, hundreds of houses have been completely destroyed and some 300,000 people have been affected.

The settlements of, Técsõ, Viske, Huszt, Csetfalva, Oroszi, Véri, Tekeháza, Kopány, Nagykopács, Királyháza, Szaszovó, Bökény, Csepe, Újlak, Komját, Munkács, Ungvár, Csop, Lónya, Szajolka, Feketeardó, are most affected by the floods.

Exacerbated by lack of warning from local authorities and many years of deforestation by local industry, the floods spread quickly catching many by surprise. In an already poor region containing many large families, the difficulties faced by the heavily agrarian communities have been compounded by the fact that those who have lost their homes also lost their winter food reserves, livestock, feed stocks and seed for next season’s planting. The present and future circumstances for many are extremely difficult.

Those evacuated are currently staying in hospitals, schools and private houses in the neighbouring villages. About 7,000 people have been working around the clock on the banks of the rivers.

Impact on Human Lives

As the majority of the houses were of traditional mud brick construction, they were highly susceptible to collapse from excessive moisture.

In the flooded region, there are not enough public buildings or community centres where homeless persons can seek temporary shelter and accommodation. While a number of affected families have been placed with friends and families, the majority are staying in schools.

To date 9 persons have been killed in Ukraine.

Flood Damage Statistics

Beregszász District

Location:
No. of Houses:
No. Flooded:
No. Destroyed:
No. of Homeless:
Vári
927
300
202
1500
Csetfalva
221
221
11
853
Halábor
631
10
-
55
Badaló
409
10
-
60
Oroszi
296
50
-
183
Kovászó
284
70
4
280
Total:
2768
661
217
2931
Nagyszölös District
Location:
No. of Houses:
No. Flooded:
No. Destroyed:
No. of Homeless:
Tekeháza
486
486
80
15 families
Kiskopánya
382
15
12
8 families
Királyháza
2200
700
170
160
Bökény
542
542
88
50
Feketetisza
1302
1100
102
60
Csepe
624
261
17
20
Szászfalva
732
732
70
48
Total
6,268
3,836
539
Regional Overview

Feketeardo
In the village of Feketeardo - population 2,240 - 60 houses have been destroyed and 1 adult and 3 children have died. All inhabitants were forced to flee without their possessions.

Ungvar District
All children and the elderly have been evacuated. Most of the farmlands have been flooded.

Munkacs District
The river Latorca has flooded and most of the town of Munkacs is under 50 cm of water. Some 100 houses have been destroyed and farmlands have been inundated.

Huszt District
In the town of Visk - population 4,000 - the nearby river banks have burst; 80 houses were destroyed and 150 houses are uninhabitable. Currently, there are 1,380 homeless persons. In the town of Huszt, 1000 houses were destroyed and 6,000 persons are homeless.

III. ACT APPEAL GOAL And OBJECTIVES

Hungarian Interchurch Aid plans to alleviate the immediate strains of the emergency through the provision of food and hygienic assistance. Complementing this, HIA will work to provide technical assistance to help the displaced population find accommodation or return to their original dwellings.

IV. ACT APPEAL BENEFICIARIES & PROPOSED ASSISTANCE

Food & Hygienic Assistance

The distribution and provision aid to evacuees staying with families or in public buildings
Food Parcels Targeting 3,000 persons @ USD 1/day/person
Hygienic Kits Targeting 3,000 persons @ USD 4.5/month/person

Support for Evacuated Children (Targeting 500 school children.)

Due to the shock of the flooding, lack of working roads and the fact that many schools are now being used to house affected families, primary classes have been interrupted. In co-ordination with the reformed churches in Transcarpathia and Hungary, selected children will be accommodated and placed temporarily in Hungarian schools.

This program element will cover transportation and preparatory costs incurred in bringing the selected children to Hungary.

Immediate small scale reconstruction

A total of 6 existing, dilapidated public and community buildings will be rehabilitated in order to make them inhabitable as temporary centres for flood affected persons.

Water disinfection and clearance

  • Wells - Purchase of 6 pumping and disinfecting units to clean drinking water sources.
  • Individuals Houses - Purchase of 2 pumps / 30 dehumidifiers / 10 generators used to clear and dry flooded cellars.
  • Small-scale House reconstruction
  • Large-scale House reconstruction

Medical Assistance

In order to address the medical needs in the flooded region and also to overcome the existing shortage of medicines in the Ukraine, water purification tablets, multivitamins, antibiotics and preventative medicines (i.e. against salmonella and dysentery) will be procured from Hungary.

Contingency assistance - Hungarian relief distributions

General relief items (food, blankets) distributed and maintained for the assistance of flood affected areas downstream in Hungary.

V. IMPLEMENTATION TIMETABLE

4 Months (15 November 1998 - 15 March 1999)

VI. CO-ORDINATION

The Protestant churches in Hungary have requested HIA to work as the regional co-ordinator for this emergency. They are actively raising funds and in-kind donations and will use HIA as the distribution channel for these relief materials.

Also, at the special request of the Reformed Church in Transcarpathia and the Social Department of the Beregszász municipality, HIA has sent its operational team to Beregszász to monitor the emergency situation. The team is working in close co-operation with the local reformed church congregations, the Beregszász Diaconal Office and the local district municipality.

As an emergency response, HIA is directing a consignment of disinfectants and food and hygienic kits to Beregszász to be distributed amongst flood victims.

In order to provide more information on emergency needs, target groups and emergency responses to the most vulnerable groups, HIA's assessment in the flood affected region ongoing.

VII. APPEAL BUDGET

ESTIMATED EXPENDITURE

Description
Type of Unit
No. of Units
Unit Cost USD
Budget USD
Direct Assistance
Relief Food parcels pers/day
Day
3,000
1
366,000
Hygiene kits 1per pers/mth
Month
3,000
4,5
54,000
sub total
420,000
Shelter provision - rehab. Private homes
Small scale reconstr.
2,000
50
100,000
Dehumidifiers
Piece
30
Generators
Piece
10
Pumps
Piece
2
85,500
sub total
185,500
Health & Medical Inputs
Antibiotics & Prev. med.
Lump sum
75,000
Psycho Social inputs -500 children
Lump sum
10,000
sub total
85,000
Post Crisis Assistance
Contingency Assistance
Hungarian relief distrib.
Lump sum
10,000
Material Transport, Storage, Warehousing, Handling
Material transport
Internal transport costs
Month
4
2,000
8,000
External transport costs
Truck
40
1,000
40,000
Storage, Warehousing & Handling
Warehouse rental
Month
4
1,000
4,000
Other costs (customs clearance)
Lump sum
2,000
sub total
54,000
Capital Equipment (over $500)
Office Equipment
Computer, printer
2,400
Photocopier
2,400
Office furnishings
1,000
Office heating installation
3,000
Office furniture (desks, chairs, shelves)
2,500
sub total
11,300
Communications Equipment
Telephone & fax
350
Mobile phones
2,000
sub total
2,350
Personnel, Administration, Operations & Support
Staff Salaries & Support
Project Staff Salaries
50,800
Volunteer Stipends/honarariums
6,800
sub total
56,800
Staff Travel
International Travel
1,600
Local & Regional Travel
Month
4
50
200
sub total
1,800
Office Operations
Office Rental
Month
4
300
1,200
Office stationary & supplies
Month
4
500
800
Other costs (heating, cleaning)
Month
4
500
2,000
sub total
4,000
Communications
Tel & Fax Beregszász, Budapest
Month
4
1,500
6,000
Vehicle Operations
Fuel
Month
4
350
1,400
Maintenance
Month
4
50
200
Insurance
Month
4
50
200
sub total
1,800
Audit & Evaluation
Audit, book-keeping
4,800
Program evaluation, monitoring
5,200
sub total
10,000
Other Admin. Support
Bankcosts
4,300
TOTAL ACT APPEAL BUDGET ACT/HIA:
US$ 852,850
APPEAL FACT SHEET

Appeal Number: EUUK81

Appeal Name: Ukraine, Transcarpathia Floods

Date Issued: 18 November 1998

Project Completion Date: 31 March 1999

Project Description:

Hungarian Interchurch Aid (HIA) proposes alleviating the immediate suffering of the flood victims by providing food and hygiene items. HIA will also provide technical assistance to help the displaced population find accommodation or return to their homes.

Implementing Partner
Activity Description

Appeal Target (USD)
HIA
Food, hygiene kits, medical, primary education support, building rehabilitation, generators, dehumidifiers, potable water
852,850
TOTAL APPEAL TARGET: $ 852,850

Pledges can be communicated to ACT by using the Appeal Pledge Form

ACT - Action by Churches Together
Account Number: 102539/0.01.61
Banque Edouard Constant
Cours de Rive 11
Case postale 3754
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SWITZERLAND

APPEAL PLEDGE FORM

(Please fax to the ACT Co-ordinating Office - Fax:++41 22 791 6506)

Appeal Name: Western Ukraine, Transcarpathia Flood Relief
Appeal Number: EUUK81

Appeal Target: 852,850
Project Completion Date: 31 March 1999

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