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(from ONE magazine September 2008)

Ukrainian Relief
Posted: 11 Sep 2008

CNEWA’s national office in Canada has launched an emergency appeal to aid families in western Ukraine – the country’s poorest region – displaced by the worst flooding in more than a century.

Of the more than 100,000 people affected, 20,000 were evacuated from their homes and at least 22 people died. The floods that resulted from four days of rain in late July damaged an estimated 40,000 houses, 360 bridges and countless roads, schools and churches. Some 82,000 acres of agricultural land were also devastated, wiping out thousands of crops.

CNEWA is working through Caritas Ukraine, which surveyed the affected areas and opened relief centers in the regions of Chernivci, Ivano-Frankivsk, Lviv and Ternopil. Caritas reported an urgent need for drinking water, powdered milk, baby food, blankets, canned food, soap, detergents and medicine.

“Many of the victims remain desperate,” said CNEWA’s Canada national secretary, Carl Hétu.

“On top of their present situation, folks are worrying how they will cope this winter with damaged houses and lost crops.”

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