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UNICEF supports flood-affected families in Ukraine

© UNICEF/ 2008/ UKRA/ 0751/ Blyznyuk
Rising water in Cheremosh river near village Stary Kuty, Ukraine

Last summer heavy rains and storms in the Carpathian Mountains led to massive floods in Western Ukraine. Rising waters in the rivers of Dnestr, Cheremosh and Prut have affected 6 out of 24 Ukrainian oblasts: Lviv, Zakarpattya, Chernivtsi, Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil and Vinnytsia. The total losses are estimated at approximately US$ 650-870 million. To assess the situation the UN Disaster Management Team in Ukraine has organised joint UN mission to the most affected Ivano-Frankivsk oblast

During July 2008 floods in Ivano-Frankivsk oblast 24 people died, 445 settlement were heavily affected, 28,000 houses ruined, 23,000 hectares of agricultural land damaged, 1,160 kilometres of roads washed away, 500 bridges ruined and 9,370 people evacuated from flooded areas. The assessment revealed that situation has been fully controlled by the local governments, however rural communities did not receive adequate support.

That is why as a part of joint UN flood relief efforts, UNICEF has provided assistance to the most affected villages in Kosiv rayon of Ivano-Frankivsk oblast for reconstruction of the villages health care centres in cooperation with local NGO ‘Kosiv Centre of Public Initiative’. Substantial renovations have been completed in hospitals and medical centers in villages Rostoky, Velyky Rozhen, Banya Bereziv, Babyn and Yabluniv health care centre providing services to 12 neighbouring villages, for the total cost of 320,000 hryvnas. As a result, all the facilities are renovated, provided with essential equipment and materials, which were lost due to the flood and are fully equipped to continue providing basic services for more than 4,000 rural families with young children. To ensure quality of the services, UNICEF has also supported training of the community health care workers on evidence based perinatal and pediatric care.

View photo essay  “Floods in the Western Ukraine”.



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