Ukraine asks EU, NATO to help deal with damage from floods

KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine on Thursday asked the European Union and NATO for help coping with the aftermath of massive floods in the country's west.

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The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that it hopes both the EU and NATO will step up to help protect critical infrastructure and to ease economic damage from the floods.

The floods caused by torrential rains this week have killed four people and forced hundreds to flee their homes. They have affected more than 200 towns and villages in four western regions, cut off gas supplies for about 10,000 people and damaged about 430 kilometres (267 miles) of roads and 130 bridges.

The Ukrainian government has deployed 1,500 emergency workers to deal with the immediate consequences.

Authorities said it would cost about $1 billion hryvnias (about $37 million) to repair the damage from the floods, the country's strongest since 2008. More rain is forecast for Friday.