Ukraine completed the elimination of the consequences after Russian occupiers had blown up the dam of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant. At the same time, it was possible to avoid outbreaks of infectious diseases, including cholera.

“Thanks to the coordinated work of specialists from the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention and doctors, emergency services and prompt exchange of information with local self-government bodies and the fact that people listened to restrictions and recommendations, outbreaks of infectious diseases were avoided,” Deputy Minister of Health, Chief State Sanitary Doctor Ihor Kuzin reported.

The Kakhovskaya HPP was blown up

According to him, three infectious disease centres were deployed in the affected areas. More than 3,000 people with acute intestinal infection were examined for cholera. Infection was not detected in any case.

In general, whereas non-compliance with sanitary standards reached 35% in the first days after the flooding due to the Kakhovka HPP destruction, according to bacteriological indicators, the level of water pollution has now decreased to a deviation of 10% in individual monitoring points.

Monitoring of sea and river water from surface water bodies will continue.

“If deviations or non-compliance with sanitary and hygienic standards are detected, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention will inform local self-government bodies and communities about possible risks,” Kuzin emphasised.

Also, since July, in the territories of the affected communities, where the water completely receded and the land dried up, experts have examined more than 100 soil samples in the territories of the Mykolayiv and Kherson regions that were flooded.

As a reminder, after the Kakhovka HPP dam explosion on 6 June, 180 settlements of Kherson, Dnipropetrovsk, and Mykolayiv regions, with a population of almost 900,000, fell into the emergency zone. Almost 700,000 Ukrainians were left without access to drinking water.

Bohdan Marusyak

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