Ukraine: More than 8 million displaced persons in Ukraine: UN – Times of India


GENVA: It is estimated that more than eight million people have been internally displaced by the Russian war in Ukraine, who have fled their homes and remained in the country, the United Nations said Tuesday.
This is in addition to the more than 5.9 million Ukrainians who have completely left the country since Moscow invaded on February 24.
The figure for the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) as of May 3, released by the UN International Organization for Migration, is higher than the IOM estimate of 7.7 million given on April 17.
“The needs of the internally displaced persons and all those affected by the war in Ukraine are growing by the hour,” said IOM director Antonio Vitorino.
“Accessing populations in need of aid remains a challenge amid active hostilities, but our teams are determined to continue providing urgent aid in Ukraine and neighboring countries.”
The IOM conducted its last investigation between April 29 and May 3.
It is estimated that sixty-three percent of the currently displaced are women.
Nearly half of the displaced have fled their homes in Ukraine’s eastern region, where Russia is now concentrating its attack.
It is estimated that more than 3.9 million people have fled their homes in the East; 1.65 million have fled the Kiev region and 1.3 million have fled the north.
The survey found that 36 percent of those displaced — 2.9 million people — are now in the relatively safer west of the country.
The IOM survey found that financial support was the overwhelming need among displaced persons, while shelter was another urgent need.
“Nine percent of all people surveyed in the latest report, including those who were not internally displaced, said their homes had been damaged or destroyed,” the IOM said.
“Among the internally displaced persons alone, this figure rose to 27 percent. Each of the 10 respondents said they would need materials to repair damaged homes.”
The rapid representative assessment was conducted through interviews with 2,000 anonymous respondents aged 18 and over who were randomly contacted by telephone.
The survey is being used by the IOM to understand internal displacement and mobility and to assess humanitarian needs in Ukraine.

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