The magnitude of the humanitarian catastrophe following the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine, is becoming clearer as UN humanitarians redoubled efforts to reach affected civilians with aid on Wednesday.
Homes have been flooded, forcing many to leave, and access to water, specifically clean water, is emerging as a major challenge.
In an interview with UN News, International Organization for Migration (IOM) spokesperson Olivia Headon, speaking from Kyiv, said the agency along with other humanitarian partners, had been rushing clean water supplies to areas that are receiving evacuees, “and also trying to get them to areas in the critical zone, on the banks of the Dnipro River.”
Some 17,000 people are in the immediate critical zone at risk of flooding, but only about 1,000 have evacuated far away from the dam, as according to IOM, most people wish to remain close to their homes. Flooding and the lack of clean water are sparking fears of a surge in waterborne diseases, and humanitarians say that the health response will be “critical” in the coming days. Learn More /…
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