Floods in Zakarpattya

News and Press Release
Originally published
Conditions in the Zakarpattya province in western Ukraine, which was hit by floods and landslides last month, remain bad. In addition to the natural disaster, the economic situation in the region is appalling with very little hope of any improvement in the near future. According to official statistics, up to 95 percent of the population lives below the poverty line, and there are some 50,000 families who need social assistance from the government. Over 5,500 people are still displaced, five settlements in the area are completely isolated, and at least 2,000 houses were destroyed in the disaster. Flooded latrines have contaminated wells in many villages, cemeteries were flooded and dead animals have not yet been removed from the area. All this is putting the population at risk of getting diarrhoeal diseases and hepatitis A. The Federation and regional Red Cross organizations are assisting the Zakarpattya Red Cross to cope with the situation, and the National Societies of the Danish, Hungarian, Polish and Dutch Red Cross are participating in further relief operations in the region.