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Situation in South Ossetia remains hard2008-11-07 10:53
Three months have passed since the armed conflict between Russia and Georgia; thousands of people still need help, the International Red Cross states, RIA -Novosti informs.gt-en-newsitem-inside
"Though the conflict, that started on August, 8th, lasted for a few days, civilians would feel its consequences for months", - stated Jerome Sorg, the deputy head of the ICRC mission in the Caucasus. According to Sorg, the acute, emergency phase is over now. "But winter's coming, and people's needs will grow", - he said.
According to Sorg, now the ICRC concentrates on support of elderly people, who live in remote regions cut off necessary services and help. According to the ICRC, the situation in remote regions remains particularly tough. "Because of bad roads people are isolated; their access to services and humanitarian aid is limited. They need much, but we can satisfy only some of their needs", - stated Aslan Tukhuzhev, the ICRC representative.
According to Tukhuzhev, the ICRC is going to provide about 14 thousand people with flour, salt, butter and personal care items by the end of November. In winter the ICRC is going to provide with food and personal care items about 13 thousand people, who have recently returned to their houses in buffer zone around South Ossetia, which suffered badly in this war. The access to high -quality medial services remains a great problem, especially for elderly people living in agricultural regions of South Ossetia, the ICRC mentions.