Switzerland is providing material aid and technical expertise to flood victims following the destruction of the Kakhovka dam in southern Ukraine

The foreign ministry responded quickly to the partial destruction of the Kakhovka dam on June 6 and the resulting flooding, it confirmed in a report in the SonntagsZeitung.

“The embassy in Kyiv is currently in the process of delivering urgently needed pipes and pumps to the water network operators above the dam,” said spokesperson Michael Steiner. This would allow the water supply systems to operate even at lower water levels, he said.

The embassy is also working with communities, local water network operators and NGOs on plans for the delivery of water treatment units and water tanks.

The Swiss embassy is currently being supported by two water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) specialists from the Swiss Humanitarian Aid Unit (SHA) who were already in the country.

Together with a Ukrainian WASH engineer, they will help find short- and medium-term solutions to mitigate the impact. Another SHA member was seconded to the United Nations and was involved in coordinating WASH measures with Ukrainian water network operators.

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