Rescuers are facing resource challenges while carrying out evacuations in Ukraine-controlled Kherson due to the scale of the flooding caused by the dam collapse, an emergency services officer told CNN.
There is a shortage of resources as Russians continue shelling the western bank of the Dnipro river, said Maksym Trykur, an officer at Ukraine’s State Special Transport Service.
The catastrophe is “unprecedented and the challenge is it's impossible to accumulate all the resources in such a short time,” Trykur told CNN.
The State Special Transport Service has been working along with the State Emergency Service of Ukraine in evacuating civilians.
“There's a great shortage of the equipment. To put it simply — we need everything: boats, motor pumps, radio walkie-talkies, lights — all the equipment that comes in handy when a humanitarian catastrophe such as this occurs,” he said.
“People there are not in a position to stay. The place is unlivable, the houses are flooded, lots of cattle have been killed, the public transport doesn't work obviously,” he added.
Trykur said most territories are flooded with 5 meters of water, or about 16 feet, and that "it’s impossible to predict the time frame that will allow people to come back to their homes."
He said his colleagues on the ground have not encountered any humanitarian aid offices or assistance provided by any international organizations, such as the United Nations or the International Committee of the Red Cross.