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Three people died and hundreds more have fled their homes in western Ukraine following the worst flooding in a decade. Floods caused by heavy rains in June damaged an estimated 5,000 homes, forcing the evacuation of 800 people.
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Key Developments

Hostilities in eastern Ukraine continue to threaten civilians and critical infrastructure, with the United Nations (UN) recording 50 civilian casualties between January and May—a nearly 30 percent increase compared to the preceding five-month period.

The UN recorded a nearly fourfold decrease in new COVID-19 cases in Donetsk and Luhansk government controlled areas from April to May.

USAID Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance has provided nearly $7.4 million in fiscal year 2021 funding to date, bringing total United States government humanitarian assistance since fiscal year 2020 to nearly $67 million.

 Background

Since March 2014, the conflict in eastern Ukraine has caused large-scale population displacement and widespread damage to infrastructure. The heaviest fighting has occurred in the easternmost oblasts bordering Russia, particularly Donetsk and Luhansk; however, the large influx of internally displaced persons has also affected neighboring oblasts. As of January 2020, the Government of Ukraine (GoU) estimates that 1.4 million people remain displaced as a result of the conflict. In addition, the UN estimates that 3.4 million people in eastern Ukraine require humanitarian assistance in 2020.

In addition, heavy rainfall in late June 2020 caused widespread flooding in western Ukraine, resulting in three deaths and adversely affecting an estimated 30,000 people, according to the GoU and the Ukrainian Red Cross Society.  The floods caused significant damage to bridges, roads, and other infrastructure and affected a total of more than 14,000 houses, according to the GoU.

 

 

 

 

 

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Last updated: July 07, 2021

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