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Chechen conflict: Humanitarian action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movementto displaced victims

23-01-2000 Operational Update

 INGUSHETIA  

ICRC

By 22 January 2000, when according to official statistics the total number of displaced from Chechnya to Ingushetia, registered by the Migration Service, amounted to 264,074, the ICRC had directly assisted 180,821 of them in some 131 different distribution points throughout the Republic.

 Food assistance  

47,340

Food parcels ( 2 l of vegetable oil, 3kg sugar, 3kg spaghetti and 900gr tea)

3,572

boxes of high protein biscuits (20kg each box).

465,300

kg of wheat flour.

 Non-food assistance  

42,543

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

64,085

blankets

1,080

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

420

wood heaters / lamps / burners

37,940

sq meters of plastic sheeting

97,124

candles

 Medical assistance  

To date   715 war wounded patients were assisted in Ingushetia.

 Water and sanitation activities  

Since the end of November, when distributions of drinking water for IDPs (Internally Displaced Persons) began, more than 3,800 m3 have been provided at 6 distribution points.

RUSSIAN RED CROSS (INGUSH REPUBLICAN BRANCH)

    

 Food assistance  

20,000 people a day in Ingushetia were provided with 500,000 loaves of bread during the months of December-January, 69,000 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 4 soup kitchens for the same period.

 Non-food assistance  

9,135 persons were provided with warm clothes in December-January inclusive.

 Medical assistance  

2,666 patients were given medical assistance from 4 medical units during the same months.

 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 January 21, the ICRC provided food and non-food assistance to over 53,600 people.

 Food assistance  

10,392

food parcels

860

boxes of high protein biscuits

107,750

kg of wheat flour

 Non-food assistance  

4,654

hygienic kits

21,496

blankets

2,375

kitchen sets

1,640

jerrycans

85

rolls of plastic sheeting

18,255

kg of second hand clothes

1,115

tarpaulins

 Medical assistance  

315 war wounded have been provided with assistance since August for the sum of 10,000 CHF.

RUSSIAN RED CROSS (DAGESTAN REPUBLICAN BRANCH)

 Food assistance  

4,000 people a day in Dagestan were provided with 32,000 loaves of bread during the months of December-January, 7,000 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 2 soup kitchens for the same period.

 Non-food assistance  

500 persons were provided with warm clothes in December-January inclusive.

 Medical assistance  

200 patients were given medical assistance from 2 medical units during the same months.

 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.

 NORTH OSSETIA AND KABARDINO-BALKARIA  

    

ICRC

    

3,500 IDPs from Chechnya, accomodated in North Ossetia, and 3,430 IDPs - 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 for the sum of 12,100 CHF to treat 800 war wounded.

    

RUSSIAN RED CROSS (LOCAL BRANCHES)

    

 Food assistance  

2,000 people a day in North Ossetia were provided with a total of 30,000 loaves of bread during the months of December-January, 10,000 portions of hot meals have been distributed at 2 soup kitchen for the same period.

    

 Non-food assistance  

    

1,400 persons in North Ossetia and Kabardino-Balkaria were provided with warm clothes in December-January inclusive.

 OUTSIDE NORTH CAUCASUS  

    

In regions outside the North Caucasus, the Russian Red Cross, with the support of the International Federation, is prepared to assist the caseload of IDPs registered by the Migration Service.

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. 185 locally hired staff all over the North Caucasus.

 Russian Red Cross  

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

Volunteers - 945

 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 2000-028-ENG