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Chechen conflict: Emergency action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement

22-02-2000 Operational Update

 INGUSHETIA  
 

 ICRC  

By 22 February 2000, when according to official statistics the total number of displaced from Chechnya to Ingushetia, registered by the Migration Service, amounted to 276,860, the ICRC had directly assisted cumulatively 251,009   of them in some 159 different distribution points throughout the Republic over the last 5 months.

 Food assistance  

    

61,326

Food parcels ( 1L vegetable oil, 1 kg sugar, 3 kg spaghetti, 3 kg rice, 2 kg canned meat, 0.5 kg salt and 100 gr yeast)

3,572

boxes of high protein biscuits (20 kg each box)

814,650

kg of wheat flour.

 Non-food assistance  

    

59,557

Hygienic kits (2.5 kg washing powder, 12 rolls toilet paper, 500 gr soap, 5 tubes toothpaste, 5 toothbrushes, 500ml shampoo, 5 disposable razors, 80 sanitary towels, 1 bath towel)

71,340

blankets

1,188

Kitchen sets (1 cooking pot (7L), 1 frying pan, 5 bowls, 5 plates, 5 cups, 5 knives, 5 forks and 5 tablespoons)

9,402

jerry cans

5,302

buckets

1,026

wood heaters / lamps / burners

39,460

sq meters of plastic sheeting

117,752

candles

 Medical assistance  

    

All 5 hospitals of Ingushetia received assistance for 915 war wounded patients.

 Water and sanitation activities  

    

Since the end of November, when distributions of drinking water for IDPs (internally displaced persons) began, more than 6,200 m3 have been provided to more than 27,000 beneficiaries. 6 ICRC water cistern trucks continue to deliver water to 19 distribution points and not only in IDP camps but in places of IDPs'compact living. The usual volume of distributed water per day is around 137 m3.
 

 RUSSIAN RED CROSS (INGUSH REPUBLICAN BRANCH)
 

    

 Food assistance  

    

110,000 people in Ingushetia were provided with 110,000 loaves of bread in February 01-15 alone, 34,000 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 3 soup kitchens during the same period.

 Non-food assistance  

    

10,000 persons were provided with warm clothes in February 01-15.

 Medical assistance  

    

2,678 patients were given medical assistance from 3 medical units in the same period.

    

 
 
 DAGESTAN  
 

In Dagestan the ICRC, in co-operation with the local branch of the Russian Red Cross, began to assist Dagestanis in collective centres and the private sector, displaced as a result of hostilities as early as 10 August in Makhachkala and Buinaksk, and from October - Chechens, who found refuge primarily in Khasavyurt region. Over the period 10 August to February 22, the ICRC provided food and non-food assistance cumulatively to 74,542 beneficiaries.

    

 Food assistance  

    

11,357

Food parcels

8,841

kg of high protein biscuits

123,850

kg of wheat flour

 Non-food assistance  

    

10,689

Hygienic kits

25,294

blankets

2,938

Kitchen sets

1,640

jerrycans

103

rolls of plastic sheeting

557

bales of second hand clothes (25-30 kg each)

1,275

tarpaulins

 Medical assistance  

    

315 war wounded have been provided with assistance since August. In January medical assistance was provided to Khasavyurt Central Hospital to treat 50 patients.
 
 

 RUSSIAN RED CROSS (DAGESTAN REPUBLICAN BRANCH)  

    

 Food assistance  

    

48,000 people in Dagestan were provided with 24,000 loaves of bread February 01-15, 10,500 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 1 soup kitchen for the same period.

 Non-food assistance  

    

4 500 persons were provided with warm clothes in February 01-15.

    

 Medical assistance  

    

216 patients were given medical assistance from 1 medical unit in the same period.
 
 

 
 CHECHNYA  

 
 
Until 6 November, when the ICRC was forced to evacuate its 38 staff members to neighbouring Ingushetia due to the deteriorating security situation, the ICRC had been carrying out its usual bread and water provision programmes in favour of the civilian population and support to the local branch of the Russian Red Cross even after renewed hostilities in Chechnya flared up at the end of September. Its 38 staff members provided, in addition, medical assistance to 1,205 war wounded. The ICRC is actively exploring the possibility to extend its humanitarian operations to Chechnya.
 
 

 NORTH OSSETIA AND KABARDINO-BALKARIA  
 

 ICRC  

    

3,500 IDPs from Chechnya, accomodated in North Ossetia, and 3,430 IDPs, accommodated in public buildings in Kabardino-Balkaria were also provided with ad hoc food and non-food assistance (food parcels, wheat floor and hygienic kits).

The military hospitals in Nalchik, Mozdok, Kislovodsk were assisted with emergency and surgical material to treat 840 war wounded.

RUSSIAN RED CROSS (LOCAL BRANCHES)

    

 Food assistance  

    

28,000 people in North Ossetia were provided with a total of 14,000 loaves of bread in February 01-15, 4,200 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 1 soup kitchen in the same period.

    

 Non-food assistance  

    

987 persons in North Ossetia and 634 families in Kabardino-Balkaria were provided with warm clothes in February 01-15.

    

 
 OUTSIDE NORTH CAUCASUS  
 

In regions outside the North Caucasus, the Russian Red Cross, with the support of the International Federation, provides emergency assistance, psycho-social counselling, legal advice and medical services to IDPs from Chechnya, accommodated in the regions outside the North Caucasus. From the end of January 2000 till February 18 the Russian Red Cross provided 7,258 food parcels and 8,467 hygienic kits to IDPs at 48 distribution points in seven regions of the RF ( (Stavropol, Krasnodar, Rostov, Volgograd, Astrakhan, Saratov and Kalmykia).
 
 

 RED CROSS PERSONNEL INVOLVED IN EMERGENCY OPERATION  

in the north caucasus

    

 ICRC  

6 expatriates permanently based in Nalchik and supported by 4 specialists (logistic, relief, medical, water and sanitation engineer) from headquarters in Geneva. 190 national staff all over the North Caucasus.

 Russian Red Cross  

Permanent staff - 45 (delegated from the Central Committee and in the field)

 International Federation  

Delegates and local staff in Moscow offer support to the Russian Red Cross outside the North Caucasus in favour of IDPs.

 Ref. LG 2000-029-ENG