The Government has allocated funding to help every family affected by the floods in the western regions of Ukraine.
The Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal announced speaking in the Verkhovna Rada during A Question Time for the Government.
"As soon as we have realized the scale of the disaster, the President, me and some ministers personally arrived at the scene to assess the aftereffects of the flood. In the following days, as had been promised, the Government directed the funds to overcome the consequences of the floods," the Prime Minister stressed.
Initially, as Denys Shmyhal noted, more than UAH 750 million will be directed to rebuild the homes of the afflicted people, to restore the infrastructure and carry out a complex of measures to prevent flooding in the future. "Thus, the sum worth UAH 30 million has been allocated for the Zakarpattia Regional State Administration (RSA – ed.), UAH 480 million - for Ivano-Frankivsk RSA, UAH 10 million - for Lviv RSA, and UAH 30 million - for Chernivtsi RSA," the Head of Government reminded.
Moreover, the PM said the state was providing assistance to the affected families. "Owners of houses that have been completely destroyed are paid UAH 300,000 per family, for major repairs - UAH 50,000 per family, families whose homes are damaged - UAH 20,000," explained Denys Shmyhal.
In addition, according to the PM, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources was allocated a UAH 122 million resource (for the State Agency of Water Resources and the State Agency of Forest Resources). A UAH 41 million resource was allocated for the SES, UAH 22 million - for the National Guard, and UAH 19 million - for the National Police.
"I have already stressed that over UAH 750 million is not the final amount that the Government is allocating for the reconstruction of the region's infrastructure. We have received preliminary calculations from local authorities that an additional UAH 2 billion is needed to overcome the consequences of the flood. Money needs to be allotted, but it is critical to keep a close eye on how these funds will be utilised. Because the state has spent billions of hryvnias over the last 10-15 years to prevent such flood damage. But we can see that year-on-year this issue becomes urgent again. The President has set us the task of ensuring that we do not return to these problems every year. That is why it is rather critical to monitor the targeted use of all funds," said Denys Shmyhal.
Meanwhile, the Prime Minister accentuated on the responsibility of local authorities: "The Government has already done its job, the funds have been transferred, now it is essential to inspect how the resources are used by local governments."