The Ukrainian government has deployed aircraft and the military to the area, where a rescue effort is underway. Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the flooded regions. In the western town of Halych, a local hospital treating coronavirus patients has been also been evacuated.
President Volodymyr Zelenskiy pointed out that western regions are flooded every year. “It is time to find a systemic solution, reinforce river banks," Zelenskiy said. "To reinforce the banks of Dnister, of Tysa, to resolve this issue once and for all.”
The president noted that Ukraine spends between $18 million and $30 million every year on dealing with the floods, and that this year's will cost more than $37 million. The floods this year are much more severe than those of 2008, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal said Wednesday.