World Vision assists with urban flood relief

World Vision is providing food, clothing and bedding to 1,080 families after flash floods hit Ulaanbaatar, the capital city of Mongolia in mid-July.
World Vision staff are now distributing food, clothing and bedding after sending assessment teams to some of the worst-affected areas in the capital. Hygiene kits are also being provided to families and hospitals.

To assist with the clean up of flood-hit areas, World Vision is providing chlorine disinfectant and 39 trucks for mud removal.
Flooding started on July 16, killing 24 people and destroying hundreds of homes. Conditions worsened a few days later when more storms lashed the city, making it some of the worst flooding Ulaanbaatar's seen since the 1960s.
The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) reports that more than 1,975 families have been affected, with 124 left homeless. The local government estimates more than 1000 gers (households) have been carried away by flood waters.
The floods resulted in the loss of livestock, damage to bridges and power stations and blocked roads. Residents struggled to contain overflowing toilets, putting flood-hit areas at risk of the spread of disease.
The worst affected areas of Ulaanbaatar are Bayanzurkh and Khan-Uul districts.
Flash floods are an annual occurrence in Ulaanbaatar, which has poor drainage systems and widespread poverty.
For further information please contact
Humanitarian Emergency Affairs officer, Byambatseren Adiya.
Office: 976-11-345323

For media interviews please contact
National Director, Alex Snary.
Office: +976-11-345464
Cell: +976-99117650



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