Mariupol authorities are sounding the alarm over unsanitary conditions in the ravaged port city which they say pose a “mortal danger” to its remaining residents. The Mariupol city council said on the Telegram messaging app on Thursday that “deadly epidemics could break out in the city due to the lack of centralized water supply and sanitation, the decomposition of thousands of corpses under the rubble , a catastrophic shortage of drinking water and food”. ”
He said the lives of 100,000 people still remaining in Mariupol, out of 450,000 pre-war residents, could be at risk – pointing to diseases like cholera and dysentery, according to an Associated Press report.
The Telegram message quoted the mayor of Mariupol, Vadym Boychenko, as saying that “the invaders are unable to provide food, water and medicine to the remaining population – or are simply not interested in this “.
He said that “living conditions in the ruins of Mariupol are now medieval” and that “an immediate and complete evacuation is necessary”.
People hide in a shelter during Russian shelling, in Mariupol, Ukraine. Credit: AP
Videographer Mstyslav Chernov walks amid smoke rising from an air defense base following a Russian strike in Mariupol, Ukraine. Credit: AP
People prepare for the night in the improvised air-raid shelter of a sports center in Mariupol. Credit: AP
A fire burns in a building after being hit by a bombardment in Mariupol, Ukraine. Credit: AP
A woman whose husband was killed in the shelling cries on the floor of a hallway in a hospital in Mariupol. Credit: AP