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Odesa Zoo functions despite frequent power outages due to rocket attacks by the occupiers on the country’s infrastructure. The institution has insulated enclosures for animals as well as potbelly stoves. The zoo also experienced a long-term power outage and lack of water (employees had made supplies in advance). In addition, the zoo has generators, coal and lots of firewood.
For reference: in September, Odesa Zoo celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Due to russian missile attacks, and the following power cuts, Ukrainians are increasingly facing everyday difficulties and finding solutions. Hairdressers say that people often come just to wash their hair if power is suddenly cut, or it has been off for a long time.
And, for example, in post offices, people (due to lack of electricity) blow-dried their hair, charged gadgets and connected inhalers. There was a case when the woman came to dry her nails in a nail lamp, and the man even brought a printer with him to continue working. If possible, journalists can be shown the work of one of the capital’s branches, which has equipped a co-working space.
Due to invaders’ missile attacks and the following power cuts, hundreds of people across the country are getting stuck in elevators. Residents of apartment buildings often leave special boxes with food and water in elevators to make it more comfortable for the stuck people to wait for “liberation”.
For example, in Lviv, dispatching services received almost 1,300 appeals about getting stuck in elevators during November alone. Previously, based on one of the municipal enterprises, additional emergency teams have been formed, which, in particular, rescue people.
Ukrposhta plans to open up to 1,700 “safety centers” inside its branches. There, people will be able to warm up, charge their phones and connect to the Internet.
The press service of the company noted that the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development approved a grant of EUR 4.5 million to create such “safety centers.” In addition, Ukrposhta will allocate EUR 1.5 million euros of its own funds to purchase heating furnaces, Wi-Fi routers and lighting equipment.
Police stations, post offices, and even gas stations — the Internet is full of videos and photos of locations where Ukrainian teachers conduct online lessons due to the lack of electricity and the Internet.
Alla is a primary school teacher. Due to the lack of electricity, the woman is often forced to go to an Invincibility Center (in Kyiv region) to conduct lessons. From there, Alla teaches first-graders who still want to get a Ukrainian education even though they are in Poland because of the war.
For reference: Invincibility Centers are places set up by local authorities where people can get warm, get access to water, electricity, internet, etc.
Generators, potbelly stoves were bought, and operation of the boiler house was arranged — the Kyiv Zoo is preparing for a difficult winter. So, for example, for the gorilla named Tony, a modern wood-burning stove (bullerjan) was installed. Therefore, his house will be warm if there is no electricity or gas. In addition, battery-powered lighting was installed for zoo visitors, so that in case of power cuts, they could come to the animals.
This year, 200 displaced animals who have been rescued from the war will also spend winter in the Kyiv Zoo.
Dozens of fish couldn’t survive the cold and lack of oxygen. Due to the blackouts, a lot of fish died in the state freshwater aquarium in Dnipro. (Journalists can see the bodies of dead fish kept in a freezer). In conditions of total lack of power, local workers even brought a gas cylinder and a burner from home to heat the water for the Nile crocodile named Hena lest he should catch a cold in a cold pool and die.
Power outages continue in the country and the fish in this aquarium continue to die every day. Also, species like piranhas and catfish get sick. Now biologists are treating them.
For reference: “Aquarium” educational and scientific complex is a part of Oles Honchar Dnipropetrovsk National University. It contains fish species collected from all continents of the world, except Antarctica.
The power cuts caused by russian attacks create significant problems for people who are dependent on oxygen supply devices. Sometimes people who have had COVID and have breathing problems are forced to take their portable devices to their cars during outages, so they could power them in there. Patients are also looking for alternative options, such as autonomous oxygen equipment (there is some that is difficult to refuel, and it poses explosion risk).
Philanthropists can tell journalists about the difficulties that oxygen-dependent people face during power cuts. Those who wish will also be able to talk to people who suffer from this situation, whenever possible.
In the SOS Shelter in Pyrohovo, Kyiv region, animals freeze to death due to electricity outages followed by heat interruptions. Cats take cold the hardest, and several animals have already died due to difficult conditions. Therefore, the administration of the shelter launched the fundraising to collect money for a generator to help the paws go through the winter.
For reference: SOS Animal Shelter in Pyrohovo is the oldest in Ukraine, it was founded in 1997 on the site of a former city landfill. For more than 20 years, the shelter in Pyrohovo has become a real home for paws. In the local veterinary clinic, animals are treated and sterilized.
In the case of power outages for more than a day due to enemy attacks in Ivano-Frankivsk, you can see a heating bus point on the streets of the city. In such transport, people will be able to charge their mobile phones and keep warm. Among other things, there will be tables, thermos flasks and charging devices. Such a bus will run around the city and stop at final stops in different micro-districts (the organizers will communicate the exact route and schedule later). The travel is free. Currently, the works on the completion of the mobile wheeled point are still underway.