As the deterioration of the weather conditions is forecast in Ukraine starting December 12, all local governments must coordinate their efforts not only with the central level but also among the regions. The Vice Prime Minister/ Minister for Regional Development, Construction, Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Hennadii Zubko emphasized at the State Emergency Service of Ukraine (SES) headquarters operational meeting.
The top official announced that starting December 12, weather conditions worsening is expected in seven regions, and on the night of December 13 - heavy precipitation, and rain - in six other regions. Within the risk areas are Chernihiv, Kyiv, Zhytomyr, Cherkasy, Poltava, Kirovograd, Mykolayiv regions with heavy snow, snowstorms, wind gusts up to 15-20 m/s. On the night of December 13, there is forecast heavy rainfall in Kharkiv, Luhansk, Donetsk, Zaporizhzhia, while in Kherson and Dnipropetrovsk regions – heavy rainfall.
"I draw peculiar attention to the areas in which there was imposed the martial law. In those regions, the number of patrols has been increased, all services are supervised and coordinated. But the priority issue remains the water and heat supply, electricity and time necessary for electrical power resumption during a storm warning. This is especially true of Mykolayiv and Chernihiv regions, where the martial law has been imposed", said Hennadii Zubko.
The official drew the attention of the regions to last year's experience of extreme weather conditions. Particular attention is paid to transport communication and logistics, available transit parking at motorways. This primarily regards Kyiv, Chernihiv, Cherkasy, Mykolayiv and Odesa regions, as well as E40 route in the Zhytomyr region.
"It is crucial to ensure full coordination between the regions and the regional headquarters. We have approved an action plan to secure coordination with the central level. The lead of the headquarters is Ukravtodor with the involvement of other ministries, the SES, the units of the National Guard and the Armed Forces. But, I emphasize once again, you do not have to rely only on the rescuers who will cope with all the situations. Prior coordination of all areas should be undertaken. The heads of the Regional State Administrations have already appointed deputies responsible for coordinating of work with other areas. They must clearly plan logistics schedule and, if necessary, seal the highways", stressed Hennadii Zubko.
The Vice Prime Minister accentuated that the topmost priority during the deterioration of weather conditions is the security of citizens, as well as control over electricity supply in rural areas and directly in cities. "The operation of critical infrastructure systems is within the responsibility of local government bodies. But it should be placed at the level of regional headquarters for the prevention of emergencies", underscored Hennadii Zubko.