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.
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 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 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)
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.
43,750 persons were provided with shoes and clothes.
4,142 patients were given medical assistance from 3 medical units during the month of March, including 1,935 children.
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.
kg of high protein biscuits
kg of wheat flour
rolls of plastic sheeting
bales of second hand clothes (25-30 kg each)
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)
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.
2,390 persons were provided with shoes and clothes during the month of March.
1,055 patients were given medical assistance from 1 medical unit in the same period, including 37 children.
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
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)
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.
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
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)
Delegates and local staff in Moscow offer support to the Russian Red Cross outside the North Caucasus in favour of IDPs
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