“Two days after the massive rocket attack, much of the country still has no electricity, running water or heating. Here in Lutsk we are also affected by short and long power outages,” says Flemant. Anke Bert of Word explains: Who is at this moment in Ukraine with the Red Cross. “They say: Winter is just around the corner, but the first snow has already fallen here.”

Continued Russian attacks on Ukrainian power plants mean much of the country has been affected by short-term or long-term power outages. “Millions of Ukrainians are stranded in the freezing cold without energy, heat or water,” Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said yesterday at the UN emergency meeting after the attacks. said via a video link to the Security Council.

Refrigerators no longer work and people are looking for creative solutions for cooking

Anke Bert, Red Cross employee from Lutsk, Ukraine

Ankebert of Flanders is currently working with the Red Cross in Lutsk, in northwestern Ukraine, and described the situation on Radio 1’s ‘Morning’. The country still has no electricity, running water or heating. Here in Lutsk we are also affected by short and long power outages. “

These disruptions affect not only lighting and heating, but also how people eat and communicate. “Refrigerators no longer work or are unreliable, and people are looking for creative solutions for cooking. Additionally, mobile networks and the Internet often fail, making communication and information sharing difficult. ”

heating shelter

The temperature in Lutsk is around freezing and the first snow has already fallen. “People say winter is just around the corner, but it has already started here,” he explains Anke Bert. That is why Ukraine has opened thousands of heating shelters with electricity, running water and internet connections all over the country. They should make life a little more comfortable for Ukrainians in winter in places with long blackouts.

Such a point was also established in Lutsk. “People can charge their devices there and find a good internet connection to keep in touch with friends and family,” he says. But solidarity among citizens is also great. “People are creative. During these brief blackouts, some cities have lights and heating, and people have set up systems to look for heat together.”

Lutsk - November 24

Red Cross

The activities of the Ukrainian Red Cross have also been disrupted by the blackout. “However, despite the difficult circumstances, we strive to guarantee a minimum service,” he affirms Anke Bert. “We provide medical consultations with doctors and nurses, as well as home care and psychosocial care.”

Aid organizations use emergency generators to provide dim light and basic internet connectivity. The latter is important to be able to communicate with teams working outside the city. “We also have mobile health units that focus on the most vulnerable people living in more remote areas,” Bert explains.

people are worried about what will happen

Meanwhile, the Red Cross is also working on strategies to meet the specific needs that come with winter. For example, the organization not only distributes food to Ukrainian people, but also distributes heat packs.

Anke Bert also sees how the population remains very resilient, but notes that people are becoming increasingly concerned.

Lutsk - November 24

Lutsk - November 24

Source: vrt

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