Government and the Red Cross collaborate to overcome the effects of the floods

The Ukrainian Red Cross Society, at the request of the Government, has mobilized a EUR 160,000 international assistance for victims of flood-hit western regions of Ukraine. The funds are an additional resource to almost UAH 700 million, having been previously allocated by the Government for priority steps to eliminate the consequences of floods. Funds from international partners will be directed to basic necessities, including hygiene products.

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"I thank the international organizations and the Ukrainian Red Cross that have immediately responded to the request for humanitarian aid to be added to the Government's efforts in this direction. We gathered information on urgent needs through the coordination mechanism available for the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine. This has allowed us to speed up the approval procedures. Flood victims will soon be able to get basic necessities," said Olga Stefanishyna, the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine.

Background

At the request of the Deputy Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Red Cross in coordination with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the Danish Red Cross and with the support of USAID has already raised EUR 100,000. Moreover, as a result of negotiations between the Ukrainian Red Cross and the Danish Red Cross, another sum worth EUR 60,000 has been raised.

The Ukrainian Red Cross continues to communicate with international partners on the possibility of further assistance to the affected territories of Ukraine. Apart from that, the Ukrainian Red Cross is also involved in assessing the needs of flood-affected regions, which was initiated by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in cooperation with other humanitarian agencies. The results of the study will allow to identify the most urgent needs of the population and to plan future actions to support victims in western Ukraine.