April 13, 2023, 19:31

State Emergency Service forces control the situation with floods and flooding in Ukraine – Oleksandr Khorunzhyy

The flood situation in Ukraine is under control. The State Emergency Service of Ukraine cooperates fruitfully with the Ukrainian Hydrometeorological Center and warns both local authorities and citizens about possible water level rises.

It was emphasized by Oleksandr Khorunzhyy, Press Officer of the State Emergency Service, during a briefing at the Media Center Ukraine — Ukrinform. 

“In particular, we issued such warnings before the rises that occurred in recent days, on April 12-13, in particular. These are sections of the Dnister, Halych-Zalishchyky. The water level there will continue to rise by 1.2-1.7 meters above current levels. Today and tomorrow, the upper Dnipro within the country will continue to rise by 0.1-0.3 meters. In Chernihiv Oblast, water is already reaching the floodplain and flooding some agricultural areas, and we have declared an orange level of danger,” he said.

According to the SES spokesperson, on April 12-13, floodplains and some areas were flooded, particularly in the Novhorod-Siverskyi, Chernihiv, Koryukivka, and Nizhyn districts of Chernihiv Oblast.

“As of 7:00 am today, the Dnipro River is flooded in the Chernihiv area. 275 households in seven settlements are flooded. These are households, and no residential buildings are flooded. Transport connection with 9 settlements has been disrupted,” he emphasized and added that the State Emergency Service units, including two floating vessels, are being engaged to provide assistance.

Oleksandr Khorunzhyy noted that transportation to 10 settlements in Novhorod-Siverskyi and Koryukivka districts had been temporarily suspended.

According to the spokesman, on April 12 alone, the State Emergency Service transported 37 people by motorboat across the Desna River and the Vit River between Novhorod-Siverskyi and the village of Byryne, and more than 500 people in total since the start of the work.

“The Seim River is also closed to traffic. They were temporarily transferred to the Kipti-Hlukhiv highway. There is no transport connection to 9 settlements of Nizhyn district. Traffic is being diverted via detour routes,” he added.

Summarizing, the spokesman emphasized that the situation is now under control, the State Emergency Service forces are involved, and there are no casualties.

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