OCHA / UKRAINE BOAT CONVOY

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16-Jun-2023 00:02:45
UN Agencies today deployed boats to deliver assistance in the Kherson Region in Ukraine, where communities are affected by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam. OCHA

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DATELINE: 16 JUNE 2023, KHERSON REGION, UKRAINE

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1.Various shots, UN agencies loading boat with humanitarian aid
2. SOUNDBITE (English) Saviano Abreu, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ukraine:
I am in a rural area of the Kherson Region. Today, I came here with my colleagues from UNICEF and WFP bringing livesaving water and food for people that are affected. 500 families here in this location that have been affected by this catastrophic flooding in the last days, cuased by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam. But here in this community, it is not the only problem, they have been suffering the horrors of the war for more than a year. And needs here are really high.”
3. Various shots, UN agencies loading boat with humanitarian aid
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Audrey Lecomte, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF):
“UNICEF has been supporting people affected by the destruction of the dam since day one, supporting evacuees but also people that are still in the affected areas, in the flooded areas. We deployed mobile teams with health protection workers and also providing support in terms of safe water. This is the main issue today, it's pretty much the access to safe water.”
5. Various shots, boat cruising
6. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Viktoriia Dumanska, World Food Programme (WFP):
"After the destruction of the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, the World Food Program of the United Nations (WFP) provides assistance in the form of delivery of food packages to the population of the Kherson region that suffered from flooding. Since last week, we have delivered more than 140 thousand food packages.”
7. Wide shot, boat cruising
8. SOUNDBITE (Ukrainian) Viktoriia Dumanska, World Food Programme (WFP):
“Today, WFP delivers aid by boat, crossing the river to a neighboring village, since the largest area was submerged after the flood, delivery takes more time.”
9. Med shot, boat

STORYLINE:

UN Agencies today (16 Jun) deployed boats to deliver assistance in the Kherson Region in Ukraine, where communities are affected by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam.

Saviano Abreu, Spokesperson for the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) in Ukraine said, “I came here with my colleagues from UNICEF and WFP bringing lifesaving water and food for people that are affected.”

He added, “500 families here in this location that have been affected by this catastrophic flooding in the last days, cuased by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam. But here in this community, it is not the only problem, they have been suffering the horrors of the war for more than a year. And needs here are really high.”

Audrey Lecomte from United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said, ““UNICEF has been supporting people affected by the destruction of the dam since day one, supporting evacuees but also people that are still in the affected areas, in the flooded areas. “

She added, “We deployed mobile teams with health protection workers and also providing support in terms of safe water. This is the main issue today, it's pretty much the access to safe water.”

Viktoriia Dumanska from World Food Programme (WFP) said, "After the destruction of the dam of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station, the World Food Program of the United Nations (WFP) provides assistance in the form of delivery of food packages to the population of the Kherson region that suffered from flooding. Since last week, we have delivered more than 140 thousand food packages.”

She added, “Today, WFP delivers aid by boat, crossing the river to a neighboring village, since the largest area was submerged after the flood, delivery takes more time.”

According to OCHA, the fast depletion of the Kakhovka Reservoir, caused by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam during the early hours of 6 June, is leading to a grim situation in southern Ukraine, where tens of thousands of people have already lost access to piped water, mainly in Dnipropetrovska oblast.

The reservoir – one of the largest in Europe and a source of drinking water to at least 700,000 people – is reportedly decreased by 70 per cent of its capacity, according to Ukrainian authorities. The width of the reservoir decreased from 3 to 1 kilometre, and the water level is now at around 7 meters, below the threshold of 12 meters when it stops working as a water reservoir.

Large urban areas in Dnipropetrovska oblast, including Pokrovska, Nikopolska and Marhanetska, are completely cut off from centralized water, and others like Apostolivska and Zelenodolska have extremely limited access. This has left over 210,000 people, in this area alone, in urgent need of life-saving water, according to estimates from the United Nations and its humanitarian partners.

In Khersonska oblast, flooded areas have reportedly reduced from 620 km2 on 9 June to 180 km2 as of 13 June, according to the preliminary analysis of satellite imagery released by the United Nations Satellite Centre (UNOSAT).

The receding floodwater, however, will likely create new challenges for people already facing humanitarian needs in Ukraine.
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