Avdiivka emergency state: how city residents survive

Source : 112 Ukraine

People all over the country send necessities, warming centers and 4 field kitchens were opened
12:56, 1 February 2017

Kyiv City State Administration

The emergency state was announced in Avdiivka due to the escalation of the situation as militants increase shelling and a threat of humanitarian catastrophe appeared. Avdiivka was left without water, electricity and heating on January 30.

Because of this, a temporal warming center was opened for the residents of the city on Tuesday morning.

Due to the power outage at Avdiivka coke plant most houses and flats were left without heating and because of the continuous shelling repairers cannot start restoring Makiivka-1 network that was damaged earlier.

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The warming center that consists of 6 big tents stationed on the stadium near the military civil administration of the city. In these tents, residents are offered hot tea, buckwheat porridge prepared in the field kitchen. People can also charge their phones and other technical devices here.

Around 30 Emergency Service workers work here, as well as law enforcement and military officers and 25 National Guard officers.

During the first three hours of the work of the center (which started operating from 8:00), over 100 of residents came for help; the majority of them are elderly people. The center is to work day-and-night.

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Ukraine’s Armed Forces officers organize 4 field kitchens and warming tents, according to the press service of the Defense Ministry of Ukraine. They also give away wood for warming.

Receiving points of humanitarian aid for Avdiivka are already opened in Kyiv, Dnipro, Odesa, Mariupol, Kramatorsk, Lyman, Torsetsk, Rodynske and Sloviansk.

Earlier it was reported that there is no light, no water, no heating in Avdiivka. The residents of the city need warm clothes and boots, other things like that. They might also need thermal underwear, warm blankets. This is what Avdiivka residents really need now, because we currently have -17 °C degrees. There is a considerable tension in the city, because shelling can start at any moment.

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