UNITED24 initiates fundraiser to support rescuers responding to flooding after Russia's destruction of Kakhovka dam
The fundraising platform UNITED24 has started collecting funds to help rescuers overcome the consequences of the Russian destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP), Rubryka reports.
What is the problem?
On the night of June 6, the Russian military blew up the Kakhovka HPP dam, destroying one of the largest water reservoirs in Ukraine. This caused the most significant environmental disaster in Europe in decades.
What is the solution?
To help overcome the consequences of the tragedy, the UNITED24 fundraising platform launched the fundraising campaign "Let's help the rescuers."
How does it work?
With the collected funds for Ukraine's emergency services, the platform will purchase boats, motor pumps, lanterns, wetsuits, and rescue equipment.
However, the full scale of the disaster will become clear when the water recedes, so the State Emergency Service of Ukraine and the State Special Transport Service, engaged in rescue, evacuation, and disaster relief, will add to the list of needs.
"The consequences of Russia blowing up the Kakhovka HPP are huge! Twenty-six settlements of the de-occupied part of the Kherson region were flooded, Mykolaiv region was under threat; any help will be valuable for us," says the State Special Service of Transport. "Also, water destroys explosive devices and mines, which either detonate due to movement or are covered with mud, complicating demining. Special equipment is also required for their disposal."
As Rubryka reported, on the night of June 6, Russian invaders blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, located a few kilometers from the temporarily occupied city of Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region.
As a result of the dam's destruction, the water in the Kakhovka reservoir began to fall rapidly, threatening to flood.
Residents continue to save themselves from the high water in Kherson and take out their stores, and residents of coastal communities leave their already flooded houses.
As we reported, the Russian occupying forces blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, and the HPP cannot be restored.
As of this morning, 600 square kilometers of the Kherson region are underwater. Evacuation of people from the disaster zone continues.
Thus, 1,999 people have already been evacuated from dangerous areas. Most people evacuated from the Korabel micro district (Kherson city).
There is also flooding in Mykolaiv and the region. We are talking about the Snihurivka community (11 settlements).
Meanwhile, in the Dnipropetrovsk region, namely in the Nikopol district, two water channels stopped due to a critical drop in the water level in the Kakhovka reservoir.
The Ministry of Environment predicts that water will continue to flow after the Russians blew up the Kakhovka HPP, and its level is expected to drop after the 20th of June.
Today, on June 8, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky arrived in the Kherson region on a working visit. He held a coordination meeting regarding the liquidation of the consequences of Russia's destruction of the Kakhovka HPP dam.