Emergency action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for the North Caucasus and the South of Russia (June 2002)
30-06-2002 Operational Update
The floods in the south of Russia have demonstrated once again how vulnerable is a human being to the forces of nature. According to the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations (EMERCOM), the number of victims amounted to more than 250,000 people. The floods led to dozens of casualties. In many places people had to evacuate their homes; many houses were partially or totally destroyed. The infrastructure of the region was also disrupted.
The ICRC in collaboration with the Russian Red Cross and the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies provided immediate assistance to the flood victims. By late June, the ICRC delivered 274 tons of assistance (about 400,000 USD) to more than 28,000 most affected, including the residents of remote mountain areas. In order to adapt to the needs of the population, as they had repeatedly been articulated by the Russian authorities, the ICRC made some changes to the sets of food and non-food items subject to distribution. The ICRC and the local branches of the Russian Red Cross delivered household goods, food and hygienic kits: plastic sheeting for shelter purposes, blankets and jerricans, second-hand clothes, canned tomatoes and meat, buckwheat, butter, tea and sugar; soap, laundry detergent, toothbrushes and toothpaste.
The ICRC and the local branches of the Red Cross continue to monitor the situation and assess the needs of the victims, as well as to plan the activities in other regions. The ICRC maintains close contact with the Ru ssian EMERCOM and Civil Defence Departments, as well as with the local authorities.