Ukraine Fights Floods Amid Coronavirus Pandemic
Heavy rains have brought heavy flooding into Ivano-Frankivsk, Chernivtsi, Lviv, and Zakarpattia regions in western Ukraine, leaving three people dead. So far, 197 settlements have been affected. In Ivano-Frankivsk region, at least three people died in the flood, as reported in the morning update of the State Emergency Service.
A total of 389 people have been evacuated, including 76 children.
Water in the Prut River near the regional centre of Chernivtsi will reach it maximum level of 680 -730 cm above zero of gauge, with a maximum water flow rate of 2,320-2,690 cubic meters per second. Powerful floods in Chernivtsi region have also damaged the gas distribution underground and elevated gas pipelines, cutting gas supplies to several villages and putting supply to Chernivtsi in jeopardy.
It is the largest flooding in the south-west of Ukraine in the last 50 years, with several casualties and damage to hundreds of homes. To alleviate the first needs, the Ukrainian authorities activated the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. Sweden responded immediately and offered 1.2 kilometres of flood barrier, 250 hoses and technical experts. In addition to the Swedish assistance, the European Commission is providing mapping services of the affected areas through the EU Copernicus satellite system.
Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič said:
“Civil protection capacities have been under extreme pressure in the past months. Nonetheless, the European Union keeps up its commitment to help when climate disasters strike. I warmly thank Sweden for its immediate response. We stand ready to provide further assistance and show our solidarity with all those in the affected areas and with the first responders working on the ground.”
The European Union's 24/7 Emergency Response Coordination Centre is in constant contact with the Ukrainian authorities to closely monitor the situation and channel further EU assistance on request.