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European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations
News article14 June 2023Directorate-General for European Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations (ECHO)1 min read

Ukraine: EU mobilises emergency stockpiles and provides funding to support crisis response to Nova Kakhovka dam breach

A man pulls a boat carrying humanitarian assistance following devastation caused by Nova Kakhovka dam breach
The EU and its humanitarian partner WFP deliver thousands of life-saving food rations to people affected by this catastrophe.
© WFP, 2023

In the wake of the breach of the Nova Kakhovka dam last week and the call for assistance by the Ukrainian authorities, the EU is now mobilising its strategic reserves from the rescEU shelter capacities by deploying three mobile water treatment stations to help the local authorities produce potable water for the affected people.

Each water treatment station can produce 120,000 litres of clean water per day and is thus helping to solve one of the most urgent needs in the area – access to drinking water.

16 European countries – Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Spain, and Sweden – have now offered assistance via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, delivering water tankers, water pumps, boats, rescue equipment, generators, and other in-kind life-saving assistance to the affected areas.

The EU's humanitarian partners in Ukraine have re-directed their ongoing response to provide life-saving assistance to the affected populations, including drinking water, ready-to-eat food, cash assistance and the distribution of shelter equipment.

To further support humanitarian operations on the ground, the EU has also mobilised an additional €500,000 to address the immediate needs resulting from the destruction of the Kakhovka dam. This comes on top of the €200 million in humanitarian aid already allocated in 2023 for Ukraine.