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Source: Government of Ukraine

Within the framework of a working trip to Luhansk region on October 2, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal inspected the settlements hit by the fires, where he spoke with local residents, and inspected the temporary residence of people at the secondary school № 8 in Severodonetsk.

The PM stressed that the International Committee of the Red Cross was involved in helping the affected population, and work with volunteers was organized. “The Regional State Administration (RSA) has also organized the provision of food and water. People can stay temporarily in school’s gyms. Dormitories are being prepared for resettlement for a longer period of time. The hospitals have prepared beds for people with disabilities. All the work has been started and organized, “said Denys Shmyhal.

The Head of Government noted that most of the people are staying at their relative’s houses, however such emergency shelters are needed for people to wait for relatives. “At present, there are about 40 people in this school. Some of them are waiting for relatives who will take them home. Further work will be carried out with the RSA, village councils to calculate losses and reimbursement. Everything will be done according to the algorithms in the near future. After all, we understand that people need it as soon as possible,” the Prime Minister stressed.

Denys Shmyhal added that in fact 30 investigative teams are currently working at the objects affected by the fires. According to the PM, the work will be carried out promptly to enable the Government to receive data from the Luhansk RSA next week, according to which funds will be reimbursed to all victims.

“We expect to receive next week preliminary amounts of losses and to start reimbursing funds to people from the state reserve fund. Rescuers managed to protect and save critical infrastructure: from military objects to gas stations. There is no significant damage,” said the Prime Minister.

Denys Shmyhal stressed that the Government approved the decision and submitted to the Verkhovna Rada Budget Committee proposals on the redistribution of funds for the purchase of 30 firefighting vehicles for Luhansk and Donetsk regions.

“As soon as the committee approves these amendments to the budget, the State Emergency Service will be able to start the procurement procedure to purchase 30 powerful eight-ton firefighting vehicles for two regions this year, 15 vehicles for each region,” the Prime Minister underscored.

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