Devastated Mariupol may face epidemics of dysentery and plague in summer, warns mayor

29 May, 11:38 AM
Epidemics could break out in Mariupol in summer (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Epidemics could break out in Mariupol in summer (Photo:REUTERS/Alexander Ermochenko)

Mariupol, the south-eastern Ukrainian port city devastated by Russian invasion forces, faces epidemics of infectious diseases, dysentery and plague this summer, the city's mayor, Vadym Boichenko, said on Ukrainian television on May 29.

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According to the mayor, the city lacks drinking water, the sewerage system is not working, the situation is complicated by numerous shallow graves and mountains of garbage on the streets, which are not being cleared away.

"Our qualified doctors say the dangers that may arise this summer," Boichenko said.

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"Outbreaks of infectious diseases, dysentery, plague and other diseases may occur this summer. And these diseases can, unfortunately, kill thousands of our Mariupol residents."

The mayor called on the UN and the Red Cross to unite and create a stable green corridor for the evacuation of citizens.

He noted that over 100,000 residents remain in captivity in the city, who are not released because they have to pass through filtration centers – Russian concentration camps in which prisoners with pro-Ukrainian sympathies are identified.

The further fate of these prisoners is unknown.

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