UN accelerates impact assessment of Kakhovka dam destruction

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(VOVWORLD) - Representatives of various UN agencies in Ukraine on Wednesday arrived in the southern province of Kherson to assess the impact of the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant dam and coordinate the humanitarian response together with local organizations and authorities. 

UN accelerates impact assessment of Kakhovka dam destruction - ảnh 1Houses are flooded after the Nova Kakhovka dam breached in Kherson, Ukraine, June 7, 2023. (Photo: Reuters)

Addressing the daily press briefing, Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for the UN Secretary-General, said the disaster will likely get worse as water levels are still rising, and more villages and towns are being flooded.

This will impact people’s access to essential services and seriously raise health risks.

The UN and humanitarian partners are working non-stop to provide communities impacted with assistance.

He said they distributed 12,000 bottles of water, more than 1,700 kits with essential supplies for children, and 10,000 purification tablets to 5 municipalities in Kherson and in the city of Mykolaiv.

Humanitarian organizations are also supporting the authorities with the evacuations and are helping coordinate the accommodation of people arriving from Kherson into various transit centers.

They are also delivering hygiene supplies and other basic items to people in Mykolaiv and Odesa who have been evacuated and sought shelter in those two towns.

Also on Wednesday, Ukrainian Prosecutor-General Andriy Kostin sent the document to the International Criminal Court in The Hague with data on the destruction of the Kakhovka dam.