The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) warns that the collapse of the Kachovka dam in southern Ukraine could have a negative impact on world hunger.
“Massive floods are destroying newly sown cereals, and with them the hope cherished by 345 million people. hungry people all over the world, for whom cereals from Ukraine are a salvation,” Martin Frick, head of the WFP office in Berlin, told the dpa news agency on Wednesday.
Following the dam’s collapse on Tuesday, Ukraine’s agriculture ministry said that according to preliminary estimates, water would inundate about 10,000 people on the north bank of the Dnieper in the Kherson region. hectares of cultivated land. At that time, the flooded area on the south shore will be even larger, the ministry said on its website Tuesday evening.
Russia and Ukraine blame each other for the destruction of the dam. Both sides speak of a “terrorist attack” and an unprecedented ecological disaster.
Still, Frick said he does not expect food price inflation to rise again. The official noted that “global food prices remain at 10-year highs.”
Source: The Delfi