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Emergency action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement (Russian Red Cross, International Federation) for victims of the Chechen conflict

08-04-2000 Operational Update

The five-month plan of action for November 1999 to March 2000, financed by the ICRC appeal on behalf of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for 18 million CHF (11 mln dollars) expanded the initial response by the ICRC. This appeal was covered in its entirety, which allowed the Movement to co-ordinate a global humanitarian response, which is detailed below for the period 9 October to  8 April inclusive.

At the beginning of February the ICRC launched the annual appeal for more than 41 million CHF (25 mln dollars) to support its activities in the Russian Federation in 2000, of which 75 percent is designated for response to the humanitarian emergency in the North Caucasus. Donors are invited to contribute in the shortest delay to this needy cause.

    

 
 
 INGUSHETIA  
 

 ICRC  

By 8 April 2000, when according to official statistics the total number of displaced from Chechnya to Ingushetia, registered by the Migration Service, amounted to 180,000 , the ICRC had directly assisted cumulatively 321,122 of them in some 160 different distribution points throughout the Republic over the last 6 months.

 Food assistance  

93,043

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).

1,331,800

kg of wheat flour.

 Non-food assistance  

91,274

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)

71,588

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

1,036

wood heaters / lamps / burners

40,460

sq meters of plastic sheeting

149,115

candles

 Medical assistance   

All 5 hospitals of Ingushetia received assistance for 1,155 war wounded patients.

 Water and sanitation activities  

Since the end of November, when distributions of drinking water for IDPs began, 11,526 m3 have been provided. 8 ICRC water cistern trucks continue to deliver water to 11 major distribution points both in IDP camps and places of IDPs'compact living, where 17 bladders have been installed. The average volume of water distributed daily to some 30,000 beneficiaries is around 190 m3.

RUSSIAN RED CROSS (INGUSH REPUBLICAN BRANCH)

    

 Food assistance  

510,000 people in Ingushetia were provided with 255,000 loaves of bread during the month of March, 62,000 portions of hot meals have been distributed from 3 soup kitchens during the same period.

 Non-food assistance  

43,750 persons were provided with shoes and clothes.

 Medical assistance  

4,142 patients were given medical assistance from 3 medical units during the month of March, including 1,935 children.

 
 
 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 in October - Chechens, who found refuge primarily in Khasavyurt region. Over the period 10 August to 7 April, the ICRC provided food and non-food assistance cumulatively to 92,902 beneficiaries.

    

 Food assistance  

15,101

Food parcels

8,841

kg of high protein biscuits

173,700

kg of wheat flour

    

 Non-food assistance  

14,203

Hygienic kits

34,715

blankets

3,909

Kitchen sets

1,640

jerrycans

148

rolls of plastic sheeting

557

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

1,837

tarpaulins

    

 Medical assistance  

340 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  

100,000 people in Dagestan were provided with 50,000 loaves of bread during the month of March , 14,700 portions of hot meals have been distributed from 1 soup kitchen for the same period.

 Non-food assistance  

2,390 persons were provided with shoes and clothes during the month of March.

    

 Medical assistance  

1,055 patients were given medical assistance from 1 medical unit in the same period, including 37 children.

 

 CHECHNYA  
 

The ICRC, which suspended its operations in Chechnya for security reasons last November, has now extended its activities to the territory of the republic the end of March, assessing the most urgent needs and responding accordingly. During the first missions there emergency medical assistance has been delivered to hospitals, such as in Achkhoy-Martan (material for treatment of 40 war-wounded and approximately 100 typhoid patients) as well as in Gudermes (for 100 patients). Additional assistance will soon follow.

    

 

 NORTH OSSETIA AND KABARDINO-BALKARIA  
 

 ICRC  

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

The military hospitals in Nalchik, Mozdok, Kislovodsk and Pyatigorsk were assisted with emergency and surgical material to treat 1075 war wounded.

RUSSIAN RED CROSS (LOCAL BRANCHES)

    

 Food assistance  

51,600 people in North Ossetia were provided with a total of 25,800 loaves of bread during the month of March, 7,740 portions of hot meals have been distributed from 1 soup kitchen in the same per iod.

    

 Non-food assistance  

379 IDPs were provided with shoes and clothes during the month of March in North Ossetia and in Kabardino-Balkaria.

 

 OUTSIDE 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 regions outside the North Caucasus. From 1 November 1999 till 31 March 2000 the Russian Red Cross provided 29,628 food parcels, 30,498 hygienic kits, 4,882 blankets and 2,853 medical sets 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  

7 expatriates permanently based in Nalchik and supported by 4 specialists (logistic, relief, medical, water and sanitation engineer) from headquarters in Geneva. 193 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 2000-049-ENG