The Government is initiating the creation of a register of communities affected by the disaster after the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant dam was blown up and will develop a compensation mechanism for people in the shortest possible time. This was stated by Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal during a conference call on the aftermath of the russian terrorist attack on the Kakhovka HPP.
The meeting was attended by Ihor Klymenko, Minister of Internal Affairs and head of the disaster relief operations, Oleksiy Kuleba, Deputy Head of the Presidential Office, Oleksandr Kubrakov, Deputy Prime Minister for Restoration and Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development, Iryna Vereshchuk, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Viktor Liashko, Minister of Health, Oksana Zholnovych, Minister of Social Policy, Mykola Solskyi, Minister of Agrarian Policy, heads of regional administrations of the affected regions, heads of municipalities, and other officials.
"We must promptly create a register of affected communities to understand the needs of each and have a basis for allocating funds and compensation. Also, on the instructions of President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy, we are rapidly developing a compensation mechanism for people affected by the russians' blowing up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant. We must provide both assistance in rebuilding housing and financial assistance to those who have lost their livelihoods," the Prime Minister stressed.
According to him, the needs of each community in water will be analysed and quick technical solutions will be developed to ensure water supply.
"The short-term priority is artesian wells, but we must start construction of new water pipelines and pumping stations as soon as possible. I have given the relevant orders to the heads of the Regional Water Authorities and relevant ministers. I expect the relevant draft decisions to be submitted to the Government for consideration next week," said Denys Shmyhal.
During the meeting, Ihor Klymenko informed that more than 2,700 people had been evacuated during the rescue operation, 13 evacuation points had been deployed, and more than 2,000 rescuers and 260 pieces of equipment had been engaged.
More than 4,300 buildings remain flooded. However, the total area of the flooded area has almost halved and the water level will continue to drop to natural levels for about two weeks.
Health Minister Viktor Liashko stressed the need for continuous monitoring of water quality to protect against epidemiological threats. Mobile water purification units are operating in the affected regions, and there are enough disinfection tablets.
The participants also discussed the consequences of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant dam blast for the agricultural sector and the clean-up of the flooded areas. All regional military administrations of Ukraine will be involved in this work.