Similarly to Czechia the Ukraine was hit by floods in June. Several dozens of towns and villages, predominantly in the regions of Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv, and Zakarpattia were affected. The disaster was all the worse because mountain rivers overflowed and ravaged not only roads and bridges, but also dams. The floods severed water and gas piping as well as electricity supply infrastructure, causing a supply cut in some areas. Despite the ongoing damage control and disaster recovery efforts, the situation in western Ukraine is still very critical.
Partner institutions of the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc reside in the affected area. We have supported these institutions over a long period of time through several projects. One of the first organisations to react to the state of emergency was the Caritas of Kolomyia. Alongside with people from local parish, citizen volunteers and some entrepreneurs they helped local population.
Some basic necessities like drinkable water, food, disinfectants, and cleaning agents were brought into the affected areas thanks to the financial support from the Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc. Caritas of Kolomyia in coordination with the transport company P&G helped the most affected families by delivering more than 550 food emergency kits, several hundreds of cleaning agents and disinfectants, and 3 thousand litres of drinking water.
Useful manual “My house was flooded!!! What should I do?” were sent to the partner institutions in Ukraine. The manual contains a lot of valuable advice and methods on how to deal with everything from draining water and mud out of buildings through drainage of walls and mold removal to the necessary quick fixing of houses. Useful information was translated into Ukrainian and offered for usage to our partners without delay.
Story of Mrs. Svetlana
Mrs. Svetlana, mother of six, and a grandmother of three lives with her whole family in a wooden house where water and mud stopped only shortly after hitting the one-meter mark. Water destroyed all the floors, furniture, and other equipment, including a stove which was the only source of heat in the house. All food and firewood supplies were destroyed in the cellar. The garden which is normally used to provide part of family’s food supplies is now rendered useless for the rest of the year. Well with drinking water is contaminated and will require repeated water purification processes. Thanks to limited job opportunities in Ukraine husband and adult children of Mrs. Svetlana work abroad. Coronavirus then hindered the ability to work abroad leaving the family with no financial means. The family received social benefits from the state, but this was entirely insufficient given the circumstances they found themselves in.
Dagmar Jurčíková, Caritas of the Archdiocese of Olomouc