March 25 - 31, 2002
SKOPJE, April 1st, 2002
According to the latest registration, there are total of 14,159 IDPs accommodated by host-families, while 2,870 are accommodated in collective centers. This is the total number of IDPs registered by the Red Cross.
According to the UNHCR, there are approximately 10,000 refugees (ethnic Albanians) accommodated in Kosovo.
In March, the MCRC distributed humanitarian assistance for 2,927 IDPs accommodated in the collective centers. Assistance from the winter program for micro-displaced persons was distributed to 3,337 persons in Tetovo and 197 in Skopje. A three-month distribution was carried out in the villages Malina Mala, Brest, Goshince, Lukare, Rankovce, Presnica, Strima, Alasevce and Runica, where assistance for 733 users was distributed.
The WHO completed the entire necessary documentation for proving elementary means for the reconstructed clinics in the Lipkovo area.
The WHO made an agreement with the American Red Cross for proving personnel for the mobile teams that will cover the rehabilitated clinics.
The Task Force Fox delivered equipment for the clinic in Vejce.
According to the UNHCR shelter program for 2002, the assessment was completed for 614 houses that suffered damage of first and second category. The distribution of construction materials has already started. The first phase is due to be completed by the end of April, and the second phase will last from May until September. All houses that suffered damage from first and second category will be repaired.
The Italian government provided US $442,500 for seeds and fertilizers, which will cover the needs of approximately 6,000 farmers from the Tetovo area. the Danish government is expected to provide US $500,000 for potato and corn seeds.
The UNHCR continues to carry out the swift impact projects. Two projects with psychosocial focus have been approved for the Kumanovo area.
Volunteers of the "Save Childhood" organization are paying visits to the IDPs accommodated in the collective centers in Skopje.
According to the UNMAS assessment, the main risk can be eliminated in a period of six months intensive work. Handicap International and CARE worked together with UNMAS in order to provide swift inclusion in the auxiliary teams and EOD (Explosive Ordnance Disposal), as soon as the needed funds are provided. About US $2,5 million are needed for minimum of 12 demining teams. The international NGOs will support the newly trained teams for civic protection in order to increase the capacity on the terrain.
No new activities in this period.
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