Emergency action of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement for the North Caucasus and the South of Russia (April-May 2002)
31-05-2002 Operational Update
Following the explosion in the city of Kaspiisk, Daghestan, on the 9th May, which wounded 150 people, the ICRC provided emergency medical supplies to the Republican medical authorities. Surgical materials sufficient for about 100 wounded were distributed to four of the five hospitals receiving casualties. A joint assessment by ICRC field staff and the President of the local branch of the Russian Red Cross (RRC) continues in collaboration with government authorities.
Present in Daghestan since 1995, the ICRC in collaboration with the RRC continues to provide assistance to over 25,000 civilians affected by the events of 1999 in the Republic. In addition to medical assistance, the ICRC assists regularly the population in the regions of Bottlikh, Tsumada, Novolak and Novostroi with bulk food and hygienic items. At the same time, the ICRC in collaboration with the RRC assists displaced civilians with bread and hot meals. Furthermore, the ICRC continues to carry out its programs of dissemination of IHL, mine awareness and visits to prisoners in Daghestan. The ICRC maintains a permanent presence in the city of Kasavyurt and a sub-office in Makhachkala.
In May the ICRC finished all preparations to start verification and update information about its beneficiaries in Ingushetia. The aim of this exercise is to have the most recent data on the number of the IDPs living in the republic and to identify the most vulnerable ones in order to better target the ICRC help in future.