At least 750,000 children in eastern Ukraine are at imminent risk of losing access to safe water supplies after a surge in fighting between the government and separatist rebels, a UN report said Friday.
Approximately 400,000 people, including 104,000 children, had their drinking water cut off for four days this week after two filtration stations for the regional pipeline were destroyed by shelling, the UN International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) said.
Urgent repairs were completed only Thursday evening, it added.
“Nearly three million people in eastern Ukraine rely on water infrastructure that is now in the line of fire,” said Afshan Khan, the agency’s regional director for Europe and Central Asia.
“We expect more families will be cut off from safe drinking water, putting children at severe …