At least 22 die in
Damages estimated at $800 million, but few funds available to clean up
The Associated Press, July. 28, 2008
The government declared the region a national disaster area.
Hundreds of towns and villages in southwestern
Heavy rains that began last week in the southwestern
Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko estimated the damage at around $800 million. Deputy Prime Minister Olexandr Turchynov said the country only has a fraction some $57 million in a special disaster fund.
Tymoshenko later called for an emergency session of parliament, which is currently on summer recess, to allocate the money.
U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine William Taylor said in a statement that the
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