Egor Prokopchuk and Alexei Asaulenko
Odessa, February 19, 2015 – Egor Prokopchuk, head of the “Center for Protection of Odessa citizens” and Alexei Asaulenko, deputy head of the organization, told at a briefing about the real situation with the air raid shelters in Odessa.
Egor Prokopchuk said that their organization decided to check how real is shelters list, published at EM, which were listed 88 addresses.
The audit was compiled an interactive map where red outlined nonexistent bomb shelters, yellow – where access is difficult, and green – where everything is in order.
The main problem – all the bomb shelters are always closed on the lock. As a rule, the key is at the head of the housing department. Many of them have the keys from 5-6 shelters. In an emergency, he is not physically able to open them all. In many destroyed ventilation and no emergency exits.
In the Kiev district for 10 thousand people there is 1 shelter with a capacity of 150 people. Even worse is the situation in Suvorov district.
The biggest bomb shelter in the city is designed for 300 people and is located in 11 city hospital. But it actually is falling apart, they wanted to write it off, but authorities refuse to lower the statistics. Many bomb shelters remained in private areas. Social activists checked only communal. Average looks like a bomb shelter – plaster falling off, mold and rust streaks. One of the best shelters – in the Odessa Regional Hospital. Now the communal workers in an emergency procedure trying to restore order in some shelters. But the speed – one shelter in one to two weeks.
There are no pointers. Knowing the address, took 10-15 minutes only to find the door.
In some shelters live janitors and plumbers of housing office. As a result, from 88 shelters actually turned out to be suitable and affordable only 5.
It is better to tell the truth, that we do not have shelters.
Alexei Asaulenko explained that now power of the city and region gave command to restore shelters, but no funds and assistance were allocated. Departments of Medicine and education restore shelters for their own costs. Utilities repair occurs in funds earmarked for the current and planned repair of houses, and communication. Housing estates of Tairova and Kotovskogo villages are most vulnerable in the city. It would also like to see a list of car parks and basements, which the authorities want to make shelters if needed. It is claimed, but no specifics are present.
At school in Breus St., 88 bomb shelter is flooded. In the hospital of World War II veterans on the Fontanskaya road, 114 the shelter is not commissioning. And at Dacha Kovalevsky, 18 – all inside is done by the staff of the institution.
Egor Prokopchuk said that the list submitted by the rescuers, still have sold or leased shelters. There are now shops and offices. There is an urgent need to establish a commission of civil servant employees for emergencies and representatives of public organizations, which have carried out a full inspection of addresses, to Odessites know where actually working air-raid shelters are and make a normal real map shelters.
And initiatives of such actions must come from the top, from the authorities, which should primarily be interested in the security of Ukrainians.