The trade unions of the flood-stricken Russian Far East ask for your help
29 September 2013: The Association of Regional Trade Union Federations of the Far East has issued an appeal to trade unions around the world
Dear sisters and brothers!
Enormous floods continue in the Far East of Russia for the second month. The Khabarovsk Region, Amur Region and the Jewish Autonomous Region have been hit hardest. Several hundred thousand hectares of cultivated land are submerged; tens of thousands of houses are submerged or damaged. Communications and roads have been damaged as well. Tens of thousands of people have lost their homes and other belongings. Thousands of people are living in temporary shelters, including elderly people and children. The flood still threatens many communities along the lower reaches of the Amur River. Winter will begin here in the coming weeks, and in November we will face the usual temperatures in Siberia for this time of year—between -25 ºC and -40ºC.
Inhabitants of the flooded areas are doing their best to overcome the disaster: they are building dikes, draining water, and repairing houses. But they need urgent help. They lack the money to buy food, warm clothes and shoes, personal hygiene items, and other staples.
That is why we are asking the international trade union movement to show their solidarity and provide financial assistance to flood victims.
We ask you to send your donations to the bank account of the regional trade union federation of Khabarovsk Region:
Postal Address: 18, Amursky Boulevard, Khabarovsk, Russia 680000
SWIFT: REGK RU 8K
KHABAROVSK KRAI CONSOCIATION OF TRADE UNIONS
Account Number: 40703840108011000004
Khabarovsk, Russia 680000
[NB. Russian banks do not use IBAN numbers.]
For information in Khabarovsk, you may contact Galina Kononenko by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos by Yulia Ryzhenkova