November 30, 1998
Hurricane Mitch Relief
Snowfall Worsens Conditions in Kosovo
The first serious snowfall in the Yugoslavian province of Kosovo has caused more difficulties for those whose homes were destroyed during the fighting this past summer. Roads are difficult to travel over, but MSF is working with other non-governmental organizations to distribute food, shelter materials, stoves, and hygenic items. MSF carried out an assessment of health structures in the Pec/Decan region where some of the heaviest fighting took place, and found that 8 out of 28 health clinics and hospitals were damaged, 3 seriously. MSF mobile clinics continue to treat displaced people as they return to their villages. From November 16 to November 20, teams saw a total of 1140 patients in the villages of Klodernica, Dervare, Dubovc, Zhilivoda, Isniq, Mazniq, Gramacel, and Hoxhaj. The teams are finding that returnees are beginning to rebuild their homes, but many still lack confidence about the future.
Homelessness in the Aftermath of China Floods
As winter sets in, tens of thousands of victims of this summer's floods in central China are still living in temporary shelters without enough food, clothing, or medical care. In recent weeks, the incidence of respiratory diseases has begun to rise. As the temperature drops, pneumonia and other illnesses will almost certainly follow if the homeless do not receive further assistance. MSF, which has been distributing medicines, water purification supplies, blankets and other materials since July, is now pushing forward with another phase of emergency medical assistance. During the next month, MSF teams in Hunan and Hubei provinces will provide basic medical supplies to clinics damaged or destroyed by the floods, as well as cotton padded quilts to those still living in tents and other temporary shelters.
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