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Ukraine. Oksana Stoljar: we expect an outbreak of cholera after the blown up dam on the Dnieper

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Molecular biology professor Oksana Stoljar from the Pedagogical University of Ternopil warned that the flooding caused by the blowing up of the Dnieper dam could trigger a cholera epidemic. This danger was also mentioned earlier by the chief sanitary doctor of Ukraine, Ihor Kuzin, who stressed that Ukrainian medics are prepared “for any development of events”.

Stoljar told Estonian ERR TV on Friday that “the water quality in Ukraine has been subject to minimal monitoring.” She added that fuels, various chemicals, fertilisers, dead animals, human corpses and garbage pose the greatest threat to the environment today.

– There is a strong smell of chemicals and splashes in the water, the remains of animals and people are visible. The likelihood of transmitting infectious diseases is extremely high, Stoljar noted. “We’re expecting an outbreak of cholera,” she warned.

The professor of molecular biology stressed that the situation is particularly dangerous on the left bank of the Russian-occupied Dnieper, where nothing is being done to help the local population.

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Evacuation of the inhabitants of flooded Kherson PAP/Vladyslav Musienko

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Doctors ‘not ruling out risks’

On Wednesday, the chief sanitary doctor Ihor Kuzin announced that due to the flooding caused by the destruction of the Dnieper dam, cases of cholera are possible in many regions of Ukraine. However, Ukrainian medics – as he stated – are prepared “for any development of events”.

Kuzin said that increased surveillance of cholera has been carried out in the country since the beginning of June, because in several regions of Ukraine, especially in the south, in the Odessa, Mykolaiv and Kherson regions, there is an increased risk of an outbreak of this disease.

“We do not exclude the risk, but on our part we do everything to control such cases,” Kuzin said, quoted by Ukrinform.

The inhabitants of the flooded Kherson reached for the boats Reuters

Losing valuable soil

The flooded region is one of Ukraine’s most productive agricultural regions due to its rich, moist soil and abundant sunshine. According to Oksana Stoljar, valuable soils may be irretrievably lost or it will take a long time to restore them to use. The expert pointed out that the huge destruction of land will affect the export potential of Ukrainian agriculture. It is estimated that about 10,000 hectares of farmland on the right bank of the Dnieper were flooded.

Ukrainian authorities announced on Tuesday about the Russians blowing up the dam on the Dnieper River in Nowa Kakhovka, which formed the Kachowski Reservoir stretching for 240 km. The hydroelectric power plant located on the dam was completely destroyed. The water flooded dozens of surrounding settlements and cities.

Main photo source: PAP/Vladyslav Musienko

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