In the Kherson region of southern Ukraine, a mass evacuation of residents living in settlements on the banks of the Dnieper River began, following the disaster at the Nova Kakhovka Dam, which was triggered by a powerful explosion, and huge amounts of water began pouring down the river with great fears of a humanitarian and ecological disaster developing in the country.
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Upon learning of the disaster, Rabbi Moshe Azman, the country's chief rabbi, began to examine the situation in the remaining Jewish communities to see how they could help. The rabbi ordered his men to arrange accommodation for refugees from the disaster area, in the Jewish village of Antavka, on the outskirts of the capital, Kiev.
At the same time, after speaking with community leaders and government officials in the disaster area, the Chief Rabbi decided to immediately send a humanitarian aid delegation to the area.
Despite the risk involved, because the Russian army is still attacking in the area, the delegation arrived Thursday morning backed by a team of doctors volunteering in the ranks of the Jewish community, along with trucks and vehicles loaded with water, food, medicine and clothing. In light of the plight of the animals in the area, the volunteers also brought with them rescue equipment for them.
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The expedition was also equipped with rubber boats to assist in rescue efforts and vehicles that could move on the water. In addition, because the bombed reservoir was a source of drinking water for the residents of the area and there is now no alternative source, people are rushing to buy water due to the distress and the shops are beginning to empty, the delegation also brought with it machines that produce water for the residents.
During the rescue attempts, Russian army forces began firing heavy artillery in the direction of the rescue mission, and only miraculously no one was hurt.
Civilians help evacuate residents in Kherson Oblast after the explosion of the Nova Kakhovka Dam, Photo: AP
The streets of Kherson, today, photo: AP
Rescue of an elderly woman in the floods of Kherson Oblast,
Rabbi Moshe Azman, Chief Rabbi of Ukraine: "We have now arrived with the first emergency delegation to the disaster area, in order to see the situation at the site and to see how we can help. I am in contact with the Jewish communities and the local authorities in order to help the poor residents whose world has been destroyed by the war crimes that Russia has been committing here for over a year. They also bombard rescue missions relentlessly and commit crimes against humanity. I call on every moral country to come and help prevent the humanitarian crisis we are facing."
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