Eastern Ukraine 1.3 mn people in need of water

The humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine has affected more than 5 million people, says UNICEF

Eastern Ukraine 1.3 mn people in need of water

World Bulletin / News Desk

 Up to 1.3 million people are faced with a water crisis due the ongoing violence in eastern Ukraine, said the UNICEF representative to Ukraine.

"Up to 1.3 million people in conflict-affected areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions are estimated to have difficulties in getting safe drinking water,” said Giovanna Barberis in a written statement on Tuesday.

“UNICEF and its partners have helped over 550,000 people in Donetsk and Luhansk regions to access safe water since January, but more humanitarian partners are needed for the emergency water and sanitation response," Barberis added.

UNICEF is appealing for $55.8 million to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of children and families in eastern Ukraine for 2015. To date, just $10.48 million have been received, according to the statement.

Since the beginning of the conflict in March 2014, almost 1.4 million people have been internally displaced in Ukraine, including at least 174,000 children, according to the UNICEF figures.

The humanitarian crisis in eastern Ukraine has affected more than 5 million people, including 1.7 million children, UNICEF said.

More than 6,000 people have lost their lives in the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists since April 2014, according to the UN.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 15 Temmuz 2015, 10:03
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