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Ukraine underwater from deadly flooding


Aerial shots of Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Aerial shots of Chernivtsi, Ukraine

Jill Colton, staff writer

July 1, 2010 — One person is dead and three are missing after catastrophic floods overtake the Ukraine. Meanwhile, dozens of villages and towns and thousands of hectares of farmland are submerged after days of heavy rains and strong winds.

Broken river banks in the Ukraine
Broken river banks in the Ukraine

Flooding has left the Ukraine in a state of chaos.

The Ukrainian Ministry of Emergencies say that about a hundred towns and villages remain without electricity after torrential flooding.

Thousands of hectares of farmland remain submerged and all of the main sources of water has become polluted. The people in Chernivtsi region are suffering from a lack of fresh water. Dozens of trucks have been seen delivering fresh supplies of clean water.

Experts are waning of an impending ecological disaster after flash floods washed out several chemical repositories.

Flooded fields in the Ukraine
Flooded fields in the Ukraine

The downpours have also contributed to numerous landslides and some floods are so powerful, they've wiped out entire farms, destroyed crops and killed livestock.

During the last three days of floods, one person has been killed and another three are missing. Transportation systems are also a mess -- six bridges have been totally destroyed by the rushing water and several km of roads are completely underwater.

Sadly, the rains don't look like their stopping anytime soon. Meteorologists are forecasting more heavy rains and hailstorms across all the territory of Ukraine.

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