Chechen conflict: Emergency action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement
22-02-2000 Operational Update
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 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)
boxes of high protein biscuits (20 kg each box)
kg of wheat flour.
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)
Kitchen sets (1 cooking pot (7L), 1 frying pan, 5 bowls, 5 plates, 5 cups, 5 knives, 5 forks and 5 tablespoons)
wood heaters / lamps / burners
sq meters of plastic sheeting
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)
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.
10,000 persons were provided with warm clothes in February 01-15.
2,678 patients were given medical assistance from 3 medical units in the same period.
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.
kg of high protein biscuits
kg of wheat flour
rolls of plastic sheeting
bales of second hand clothes (25-30 kg each)
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)
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.
4 500 persons were provided with warm clothes in February 01-15.
216 patients were given medical assistance from 1 medical unit in the same period.
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
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)
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.
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
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)
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