SELCU Pastors Save Lives with Relief Efforts in Catastrophic Flooded Region of Ukraine After Dam Destruction
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The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has resulted in a dire humanitarian crisis, with thousands of people in urgent need of assistance. Thanks to your steady donations, LCC can continue supporting the Synod of Evangelical Lutheran Churches (SELCU) pastors in their relief efforts to provide critical aid in hardest-hit regions, as well as a sense of hope and stability.
Most recently, they have been providing assistance to the residents affected by the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam in the Kherson region. LCC received the following update from Pastor Valerii Verba.
A Trip to the Flooded Part of Ukraine After the Explosion of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station
The situation is so unusual for us that from the beginning, it was not clear what to do and how to participate. Very quickly, from all over Ukraine, motor boats were taken to the Kherson region, which was flooded after the explosion of a hydroelectric power station, to evacuate people. The water rose more than 6 meters from its normal state. Many houses were completely flooded, and in some settlements, a lot of elderly people and animals died who did not have time to get out of the water danger.
When we were able to go, Pastor Oleg Shevchenko and I bought equipment for pumping water from flooded premises, tools, materials, fuel for motor boats, generators, and just drinking water.
War is a terrible problem for all life in the conflict zone, but when the constant shelling of residential areas of settlements is mixed with a flood and mortal danger from water, it becomes really scary. The shelling does not stop for a single day, which greatly complicates the evacuation and rescue work.