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WASH Cluster Incident Report №89, 05/11/2017

DONETSK FILTER STATION SHELLED FOR THE THIRD NIGHT IN A ROW

The WASH Cluster was informed, by Voda Donbasa, that following shelling that increased in the area of Donetsk Filter Station on 3rd November, the DFS was again shelled during the night of 4th/5th November. A chlorine pipeline was damaged by shrapnel, although luckily it was a backup pipeline (not in use at that moment) and the chlorine pipe in use, which supplies chlorine to treatment areas of the site, was undamaged. Damage to the main pipe would cause leakage of poisonous chlorine gas into the environment.  There is also a secondary risk health to the population:  treatment of drinking water with chlorine could now easily be interrupted by any further damage, which would cause bacteriologically unsafe water to be pumped to homes on both sides of the line of contact.

During shelling, staff took cover in the bomb shelter located at the DFS and fortunately none were injured. DFS continues to operate today in spite of the hit.

DFS supplies water to the following settlements: Avdiivka, Kruta Balka, Vasylivka, Mineralne, Yakovlivka, Verkhniotoretske, part of Yasynuvata and western areas of Donetsk city, and it officially provides water in total to 345,309 people (December 2016 figures from Voda Donbasa).

 

The WASH Cluster is in touch with ‘Voda Donbasa’ and will report any specific needs and updates to WASH Cluster partners.

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05 Nov 2017
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Situation Report