12. June 2023 ǀ After the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP in Ukraine, about 700,000 people have been left without proper access to drinking water.
Problems with supplying water to cool reactors at the Zaporizhzhia NPP
UN emergency aid coordinator Martin Griffiths told the news agency AP that problems with drinking water have arisen in both Ukrainian and Russian-controlled areas, and there are also problems with supplying water to cool reactors at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (NPP).
Agricultural areas have been flooded
Flood damage will almost inevitybly reduce grain exports and raise global grain prices.
Griffiths noted that waters have also flowed over mined areas, and these mines will flow to places where people do not expect them, endangering all people, and especially children.
UN would make a special appeal to increase aid to Ukraine
Griffiths said that the UN would make a special appeal to increase aid to Ukraine in order to cope with the problems caused by the destruction of the Kakhovka HPP. However, Griffiths said he wants to wait a few weeks to see the economic, health, and environmental consequences before issuing a call.