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FYI everybody.

James Cohen
James Cohen Consulting, P.C.


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Subject: [SITREPS:3081] India: Earthquake - OCHA-04: 28-Jan-01


>
> OCHA Situation Report No. 4
> India - Earthquake
> 28 January 2001
>
>
> 1.  The Indian Government has not made an appeal for international
> assistance. However, as a matter of policy, assistance offered as a matter
> of international solidarity in such cases is gratefully accepted.
>
> 2.  The Government of India received offers of assistance from a large
> number of foreign countries and agencies following the devastating
> earthquake in Gujarat. The Government of India has decided that while
> there will be no appeal for seeking assistance, all offers made
> voluntarily will be gratefully accepted.
>
>
> - - - - - -
>
> Priority in India is for items required for search and rescue operations
> such as sniffer dogs, electronic equipment for searching for bodies and
> cutting concrete slabs, communication equipment, as well as mobile
> surgical operation theatres and other medical hardware.  Offers for supply
> of clothes and tents will be accepted if they can be airlifted to
> Ahmedabad. Medical and rescue teams will be welcomed provided they come in
> their own aircraft.
>
> Coordination of earthquake relief is being done by the Disaster Management
> Group in the Ministry of Agriculture, New Delhi. The officers in charge
> are Mr.  Purukayasth, Commissioner, Natural Disaster Management, Ministry
> of Agriculture and Ms. Rita Sharma, Joint Secretary, Ministry of
> Agriculture (Telephone number: + 91 11 338 2219 (Office), + 91 11 338 5574
> or + 91 11 338 9453 (Control Room), Facsimile number: + 91 11 338 4555).
>
> Those desirous of sending relief items as indicated above are advised to
> get in touch with the nearest Indian Mission.
>
> - - - - - -
>
>
> Situation and Damage
>
> 3.  Though the figures are not officially confirmed, media reports that
> about 20,000 or even more people have died and thousands are missing. It
> is also reported that some 200,000 people have been left homeless. Bhuj,
> housing some 150,000 people, is the worst affected city where 10,000
> people have reportedly been killed. Several aftershocks, the strongest of
> the series measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale, are hampering rescue and
> relief activities.
>
> 4.  While the overall extent of damage is still unclear, substantial
> destruction has occurred across Gujarat. According to the latest report
> received from the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator, two
> high rise buildings have collapsed in Ahmedabad. In Bhuj, 50 per cent of
> buildings have been destroyed and 95 per cent are no longer habitable.
> There is no electricity and no water in the entire town of Bhuj. Rajkot
> and Patan have also been severely affected.
>
> 5.  The airport at Ahmedabad is operational. Bhuj airport is only open for
> limited operations. Kandla Port begins receiving ships with relief
> supplies.
>
>
> Needs
>
> 6.     The following list of medical equipment, supplies and drugs
required
> was issued by the Directorate General of Health Services in New Delhi:
>
> - Resuscitation Kits (400 sets)
> Ambou bags with masks / Endotracheal tubes (all sizes) / Laryngoscopes
> (all sizes) / Margyll forceps / Endotracheal suction canula / Portable
> ventilators
>
> - Drugs (5,000 sets)
> Plasma expander (Hemaccel) / Ringer Lactate / Inj Dobutamine (250 mg) /
> Inj Mehtyl Prednisolone / Inj Tetglobe (1,000 i.u.) / Inj Cefuroxime (750
> mg) / Inj Cefoperozone (1mg) / Healex spray / Inj Tramadol (100 mg) / Inj
> Ceftazidime (1 gm) / Inj Augmentin (1.2 mg) / Inj Ketamine (2 ml) / Inj
> Atropine (1 ml) / Inj Scoline / Halothane (50 ml) / Inj Dizepam / Inj
> Norcuron (4 mg) /Inj Atracurium / Inj Neostigmine / Inj Couramine / Inj
> Dopamine / Inj Mephentine / Inj Soda bicarb / Inj shockpack / Inj Dexona /
> Inj hydrocortisone
>
> - Medical Supplies (5,000 sets)
> Plastic bandages (4 inches & 6 inches) / Elastocrepe bandage (6 inches & 4
> inches) / Dynaplast (4 inches & 6 inches) / Micropore tape (1,2,3 inches)
> / IV canulas (16 & 18) / IV sets / Intra cath / Suturing material with
> cutting needles (1/0/00) / Vikryl (absorbable sutures) / Torniquets (lower
> & upper limbs) / Hand drill / Disposable caps & masks
>
>
> 7.  The teams from the United Kingdom and IFRC, both operational in the
> area, confirmed that immediate needs to assist the survivors of the
> earthquake are for shelter, food, blankets, warm clothing and medical
> supplies.
>
>
> National Assistance
>
> 8.  It is reported that the Indian Prime Minister is visiting the affected
> area tomorrow. According to an update provided by the Natural Disaster
> Management (NDM) Division of the Indian Ministry of Agriculture through
> the UN Resident Coordinator's Office today, the government efforts in
> response to this emergency are as follows (in addition to what was
> reported in OCHA Situation Report No.3):
>
> - The Government Control rooms are functioning round the clock;
>
> - Armed Forces, Air Force, Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial
> Security Force (CISF) Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and Indo-Tibetan
> Border Police (ITBP) have been employed in rescue operations and other
> relief activities;
>
> - Arrangements of airlifting additional blankets and tents to the affected
> area are under way;
>
> - The Central Government and several state governments have sent
> additional medical teams to the affected area, together with medicine and
> medical equipment and supplies;
>
> - Ministry of Health is sending a special team to check outbreak of
> epidemics;
>
> - Railways will deploy special trains for evacuation of injured persons.
> Wagons are used to shelter affected people.
>
>
> International Assistance
>
> 9.  International Search and Rescue (SAR) teams have begun relief
> operations in the area. According to information received by OCHA Geneva,
> their status is as follows:
>
>
> |----------------+----------------------------------------------------|
> |   Government   |                     Activities                     |
> |----------------+----------------------------------------------------|
> | France         | A   36-member   SAR   team,   including   surgeons,|
> | (D.I.CA.F)     | physicians and nurses, and 3.8 tons of equipment is|
> |                | scheduled to depart for India on 29 Jan.           |
> |----------------+----------------------------------------------------|
> |Germany         |A  25-person  SAR  team  with  6 search dogs and SAR|
> |(THW)           |equipment  has  been dispatched on the morning of 27|
> |                |Jan.                                                |
> |----------------+----------------------------------------------------|
> | Russian        | In   a   joint  UK/Russian  operation,  an  EMERCOM|
> | Federation     | aircraft   with  76  rescue  personnel  arrived  in|
> | (EMERCOM)      | Ahmedabad  at  5  a.m.  (local  time)  on  28 Jan.,|
> |                | together  with an airmobile hospital. The team will|
> |                | be working in Bhuj.                                |
> |----------------+----------------------------------------------------|
> | Switzerland    | The   Swiss  SAR  Team  (48  persons,  including  9|
> | (SDR)          | doghandlers)  is  presently  working  in Ahmedabad.|
> |                | Part of the team will be starting SAR activities in|
> |                | Bhuj. Today two persons have been rescued.         |
> |----------------+----------------------------------------------------|
> | Turkey         | The  35-member Turkish Team (GEA and Civil Defence)|
> |                | with  sound  location equipment, search cameras and|
> |                | dogs  have  arrived  in Ahmedabad at 10 a.m. (local|
> |                | time) on 28 Jan.                                   |
> |----------------+----------------------------------------------------|
> | United Kingdom | 69  SAR  experts arrived in Ahmedabad at 11:30 p.m.|
> | (DFID)         | (local time) on 27 Jan. and then proceeded to Bhuj.|
> |                | So  far  the  team rescued one person. The team has|
> |                | also established a 24 hour coordination centre with|
> |                | satellite phone link.                              |
> |----------------+----------------------------------------------------|
>
>
> 10.  The UN Disaster Assessment and Coordination (UNDAC) Team, primarily
> composed of earthquake experts, is en route for India and plans to arrive
> in Ahmedabad on 29 January to assist in on-site operations and
> coordination of SAR and other relief activities.
>
> 11.  The UN Disaster Management Team (UN-DMT) in New Delhi convened a
> meeting on 28 January to review the situation. Another member (UN
> facilitator in Jaipur, Rajasthan) joined the UN rapid assessment mission
> composed of representatives from UNDP, WHO and UNFPA New Delhi. The team
> has convened meetings with government authorities and NGOs on 28 January.
> WHO will be assisting the Indian authorities in establishing a Health
> Coordination Cell to facilitate health efforts in the affected area.
>
> 12.  So far the following pledges/contributions have been reported to
> OCHA:
>
> - Canada: CAD 1 million (USD 662,000) to IFRC and NGOs
>
> - Germany: DEM 1 million (USD 475,000)
>
> - Japan: JPY 103.5 million (USD 900,000) including cash and in-kind
> contributions
>
> - The Netherlands: NLG 6 million (USD 2.5 million) to UNICEF, IFRC,
> Caritas India, the UN and NGOs
>
> - Norway: NOK 10 million (USD 1.1 million) to Norwegian NGOs
>
> - Russian Federation: in-kind contribution of 3,280 blankets and 45 family
> tents worth RUB 2 million (USD 71,800)
>
> - Sweden: SEK 5 million (USD 523,000) to Swedish Red Cross/IFRC and other
> humanitarian agencies
>
> - The United Kingdom: GBP 3 million (USD 4.4 million)
>
> - The United States: cash and in-kind contributions of a total value of
> USD 890,156
>
>
> 13.  In addition, the Governments of Belgium, China, Ireland, Italy,
> Kuwait, Pakistan and South Korea as well as EU/ECHO have reportedly
> announced donations.
>
> 14.  At the request from the Indian Ministry of Communication, Ericsson
> teams have managed to restore the AT&T/Birlas mobile telephone network
> except for 2 sites in the city of Ghandinam. Ericsson has also dispatched
> a team to Bhuj to establish mobile communications systems.
>
> 15.  On 26 January IFRC launched a preliminary appeal for CHF 2 million
> (approximately USD 1.22 million) to assist 50,000 beneficiaries with
> immediate relief. IFRC is closely working with the Indian Red Cross
> Society which is focusing its attention on medical, shelter and blood
> activities. IFRC has sent in a 15-member support team of experienced
> delegates. IFRC is also deploying more telecommunications assets to the
> field.
>
> 16.  Many NGOs such as ACT, ADRA, AFSC, AMDA International, AmeriCares,
> CAAOA, Care International, Caritas, Catholic Relief Services, Church World
> Service, Concern, FOCUS Humanitarian Assistance, Lutheran World Relief,
> MAP International, Mercy Corps International (MCI), Oxfam, UMCOR and World
> Relief are providing relief assistance in various ways. The reports on
> their activities have been posted on the OCHA Internet Website at
> http://www.reliefweb.int
>
> 17.  For coordination purposes, donors are requested to inform OCHA
> Geneva, as indicated below, on relief missions/pledges/contributions and
> their corresponding values by item.
>
> 18.  OCHA is in close contact with the Office of the UN Resident
> Coordinator in New Delhi as well as with the Indian Permanent Mission to
> the UN at Geneva, and will revert with further information as it becomes
> available.
>
> 19.  This situation report, together with further information on ongoing
> emergencies, is also available on the OCHA Internet Website at
> http://www.reliefweb.int
>
>
> Contacts
>
> Telephone: +41-22-917 1234
> Fax: +41-22-9170023
> E-mail: ochagva(--nospam--at)un.org
>
> In case of emergency: Tel. +41-22-9172010
>
> Desk Officers:
> Mr. R. Mueller / Mr. S. Matsuka Direct Tel. +41-22-917 31 31 / 40 34
>
> Press contact:
> Mr. D. Kiniger-Passigli, Direct tel. +41-22-917 26 53
> Ms. Phyllis Lee, direct Tel. +1-212-963 48 32
>
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