Crisis Response

In 2010, the Republic of Moldova was affected by floods caused by the torrential rains in Romania, Ukraine, and north of Moldova which led to an increase of the Prut and Nistru rivers.

Our intervention

UNDP’s crisis response rests on a well-coordinated approach that allows the entire organization to work together coherently. The organization develops, maintains and regularly updates a set of response tools and coordination mechanisms to respond quickly, predictably and effectively to crisis in a broad range of contexts. Our crisis response toolbox includes fast deployment of first responders and planning teams for recovery, post-disaster and post-conflict needs assessments; and fast-track procedures for procurement and operational support. Management is centralized through UNDP’s Crisis Response Unit to ensure effective coordination, a strong whole-of-UNDP approach, and consistent engagement with humanitarian actors.

Heavy snowfall of 2017

The United Nations in Moldova has promptly responded to an urgent request from the National Civil Protection and Emergency Situations Service in April 2017, when a state of emergency was announced in Chisinau. The request comes after Moldova experienced heavy snow in the southern and central regions of the country. Essential items, such as electricity generators, chainsaws and fuel were purchased by the UN and delivered to the authorities. This enabled them to provide access to electricity, ensure safety from damaged trees, and provide access to blocked localities. UNDP was one of the UN agencies to coordinate the joint response and coordinate joint procurement smoothly and efficiently.

Flood of 2010

In June of 2010, torrential rains across Ukraine and northern Moldova increased the water level of the Prut and Nistru rivers. The Prut River flooding caused the greatest damage, affecting the western districts of the country. By its magnitude and coverage, this has turned to be the worst flooding in decades. The damage affected nearly 13,000 people, destroying critical infrastructure, washing away crops and livestock, damaging homes, and causing displacement. UN agencies, with a strong leading role from UNDP, have joined efforts to respond to the priority needs of the Moldovan people to mitigate the negative impact of the floods. This was undertaken through specific activities, envisaged under the following specific components: recovery assistance, cash for work, capacity building of health facilities and emergency medical services, capacity building in emergency obstetrics and maternal health, environmental recovery and early warning and disaster prevention system components. The direct beneficiaries of these activities were vulnerable population from the areas directly affected by the floods in the summer of 2010. The indirect beneficiaries of these activities are the rest of the population from the flooded communities and the country itself.

Following formal request from Prime Minister’s office to reallocate funds from ongoing local development projects to the localities affected by floods, an amount of 200,000 USD (20,000 USD per village) was redirected from the Joint Integrated Local Development Programme for rehabilitation projects in 5 most flood affected villages (Obileni, Nemteni, Cotul Morii Mayoralties in Hincesti district and Stoianovca, Tiganca Mayoralties in Cantemir district).

Drought of 2007

Through "Relief and Technical Assistance Response to the Drought in Moldova” UN Project, coordinated by the UNDP, over 383,000 drought victims received wheat seeds, fertilizers, diesel fuel, fodder, corn seeds, and food packs. Also through this project, 22 villages in districts that were severely affected by drought received cash assistance to carry out public works to rehabilitate various facilities in these communities. The projects implemented in those 22 villages helped about 47,000 residents. The 2007 summer drought severely compromised the harvest in over 80 per cent of Republic of Moldova’s agricultural lands. Thus, the financial and food security of a great number of agricultural producers, families living in rural areas, and especially socially vulnerable citizens, was severely affected.

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