After the explosion of the dam at the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station (HES), numerous settlements in the Kherson, Mykolaiv, Zaporizhia, and Dnipropetrovsk regions, as well as Crimea, were left without water supply.

The Director of the Water Problems Institute, Mykola Yatsyuk, stated, “Regarding drinking water supply, the most affected region is Dnipropetrovsk region because the Kakhovka reservoir is the main source of water supply. Alternative sources that minimize risks need to be explored. Next are the Kherson and Zaporizhia regions, as well as partially Mykolaiv region.The government is doing everything possible to eliminate the consequences, but resources are not always sufficient.

For the first three days, the residents of Tomakivka literally survived without a single drop of water. Deputy Head of the Town Council, Tamara Shcherbyak, mentioned that the community was without water supply for the first three days. The taps had been dry for a long time, and no one had delivered a single pack of water yet. The following two weeks were also catastrophic. Every day, fellow villagers faced the same situation. Prior to the war, the community had a population of 14,500, and currently, there are still 3,548 internally displaced persons (IDPs). 

Thanks to “Operation Blessing,” it was possible to purchase 16,200 bottles of 6-liter water, each of which will be delivered to those in need in the cities of Nikopol, Marganets, Topilnytsia, Mariinske, and has already been delivered to Tomakivka. 1,080 of the most vulnerable individuals received 18 liters of drinking water each.

It was during the distribution that we met Valentina Bredikhina, who was happy and grateful when she received drinking water from us.

There are no words to express our gratitude for your care towards our forgotten community! All humanitarian organizations bring water to well-known places like Kherson, where many journalists are present, but nobody comes to our remote area! But we are also people, and we desperately want to drink. And there is nothing to drink. The tap is empty. The store shelves are empty. And even if water is delivered, the price is astronomical. It’s very strange that someone has given us such precious water for free! Thank you to the Americans from ‘Operation Blessing’! We wouldn’t have survived without you,” sincerely thanked the happy woman.

1,080 individuals have already received their precious water from “Operation Blessing,” while others are still waiting for our help! Thank you to the caring partners! We deeply appreciate your assistance in helping us.

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Text Anna Chaban, photo Pavlo Cynko, CBN-Emmanuil, Ukraine