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Ukraine can lose 5,000 ha of land to Poland due to coastal erosion

The loss of the territory can take place due to the lack of the financing of the bank consolidation in Volyn region
14:54, 2 November 2018

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Ukraine can lose about 5,000 hectares of land in the favor of Poland due to the erosion of the coast of Western Bug, which is being eroded without the riverbank consolidation. It is stated in the report of the State Audit Service on the results of the state financial audit of the execution of the budget programs by State Agency of Water Resources for 2015-2017 and January-March 2018.

Particularly, the report states that the reason for the incident is the underinvestment of the consolidation of the bank.

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'Due to the absence of the financing for the fulfillment of the riverbed-regulating and banks-consolidation events at the border parts of Western Bug River, the processes of the coastal erosion are observed; it can lead to the exclusion of 5,000 ha of the lands as the border between Ukraine and the Republic of Poland lies in the middle of the stream pool of the river,' the report said.

The estimated cost of the possible losses is more than $30,7 million.

Related: Ecology Ministry, OSCE to examine ecological state of river at south-east of Ukraine

Ukraine can lose its territories in favor of other states, too - particularly, at the transboundary parts of rivers Tisa, Dniester, Sozh, Prut, Suceava and others at the territories of Vinnytsia, Zakarpattia, Chernivtsi and Chernihiv regions. The total cost of the necessary works makes about $71.2 million.

The auditors emphasize that the Finance and Ecology Ministers are aware of the problem but the budget money was not allocated for the coastal works in 2015-2017.

Related: Water level in rivers expected to rise again, - State Emergencies Service

Earlier, the Ukrainian government offered Moldova to construct the bridge over Dnister river not far from the town of Yampil, Vinnytsia region, southwestern Ukraine.

Besides, Biyuk-Karasu river, one of the largest ones in the occupied Crimea, dried out because of the severe drought there. The creekbed next to Karasivka village is completely dry; due to that, Taiganske and Bilohirske reservoirs are empty now. 

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