Ukraine: Floods - Jul 2006
On 31 June, 2006, a weather front moved rapidly into Ukraine from the Balkans causing hurricanes, heavy rains and large hail in several regions. During the three days of heaviest rain (30 June - 2 July), the level of rainfall exceeded the three-month average for the season. A total of 58 settlements were affected by the flooding. The 29 most affected settlements were located in seven rural districts of Ivano-Frankovskaya and Chernovitskaya oblasts and in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea. Some 5,000 people were directly affected - two women were killed, 17 people were injured. IFRC, 23 March 2007
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Hundreds of people are still homeless more than four months after flooding that devastated 19 districts in western Ukraine as well as the southern republic of Crimea, leaving at least two people dead, affecting more than 5,000 and destroying 700 hectares of farmland as well as hundreds of buildings.
"The floods affected mostly poor homes," explains Aline Sattarova, mother of two small children, whose house was washed away by the flooding.
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Victor Yushchenko has requested Prime Minister Yuriy Yekhanurov to help the Autonomous Republic of Crimea, Ivano-Frankisvsk, Lviv and Chernivtsi deal with effects of recent floods.
"Due to the emergency in Crimea and Ukraine's western regions, I ask you to help villages, farms and people hit by the disaster," he wrote in a letter to the cabinet.