Mariupol, there is a lack of water and food. “Children drink snow.” Infections are rampant, it’s a health emergency

Doctors who work in Ukraine have reported pathologies related to war that affect internally displaced persons. A huge problem is related to access tothe water while drinking. There is no food but also no water because the water network has been damaged beyond repair. It is estimated that more than 5 million people are left without the main water resource. The drama of non-opening of humanitarian corridors it is also this: not being able to drink clean water and therefore ingest water that comes from dirty sources. And this means: infections, dysentery, dehydration, very serious damage to the body of those who for days and days drank slush or water from puddles.

Mariupol, hand-to-hand combat in the Azovstal steelworks

FOR Dnipro the Ansa agency reports today the serious problem of access to drinking water which worries the city besieged by Mariupol. “In Mariupol, the humanitarian corridors are almost non-existent, because the Russian army does not inform the people locked in the shelters. The only way out is to go to Crimea or Russia, where some at the borders tell us they were humiliated and forced to stand naked in front of the soldiers. The city lacks food and the looting of businesses continues while many were forced to drink snow water. The first to die are the youngest children, from starvation“. This is what some refugees from Mariupol – who arrived in Dnipro a week ago – reported to the ANSA envoy in a reception center in Dnipro.

The news of children who cannot eat or drink in Mariupol is also confirmed by save the children. In Mariupol and other areas hardest hit by war, I children and families are in serious danger, because of the deadly shortages of water, food and medicine. “Last week, 39 people, including four children, were killed at Kramatorsk station during an evacuation. At the Siret border in Romania last week, our team encountered a family from Mariupol, consisting of a father and five young children. The children were shocked by the bullets and remained in a basement for two weeks. This war is spiraling out of control, leaving children with long-term trauma that cannot be underestimated,” commented Pete Walsh, director of Save the Children Ukraine.

Unicef ​​also speaks of children deprived of access to water. More than 6 weeks of conflict in Ukraine have devastated water and electricity networks, leaving 1.4 million people without access to water in eastern Ukraine and another 4.6 million people across the country at risk of losing their water supply. Unicef ​​denounced it, recalling that “at least 20 separate incidents with damage to water infrastructure was recorded only in eastern Ukraine”.

And it is once again the martyr city of Mariupol which becomes an example of the deprivations to which the Ukrainians who have not succeeded in fleeing are subjected. UNICEF also recalls that in Mariupol, thousands of people use dirty springs in search of any type of water they can find. Major cities in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions are also cut off from water supplies, and another 340,000 people will lose their water supply if a reservoir runs out. Horlivka.

The cities of Sumy And Chernihiv they suffered severe water cuts in early March and also the system Kharkov is seriously affected. There is an urgent need – stresses UNICEF – to restore access to water and provide emergency supplies to these towns and other areas of intense fighting. Since the start of the conflict, the Wash Cluster/Global Water Sanitation and Hygiene Cluster has confirmed that four water technicians have been injured in Chernihiv and one in Kharkiv, adding to at least 35 water technicians who have been killed or injured in the regions. of Donetsk and Luhansk since 2014.

“Young children living in conflict zones are 20 times more likely to die diarrheal diseases linked to unsafe water than by direct violence, the result of war. Their access to water, wherever they are, must not be compromised by war, For children it’s a matter of life and deathSaid the representative of UNICEF in Ukraine, Murat Sahin.

Here is a video posted on Twitter by an account of International (Canadian) Legion fighters operating in Ukraine that shows how rainwater is collected and later used to quench their thirst. Due to the extensive damage to critical civilian infrastructure such as drinking water, this is how people in the affected regions of Ukraine collect rainwater for drinking and cooking..

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