STACKS of unburied bodies from the Russian slaughter in Mariupol have sparked a cholera outbreak, authorities in the Ukrainian city said.
The port saw fierce fighting, particularly around the Azovstal Steelworks, before falling to Vladimir Putin’s forces after a long siege.
The sheer number of bodies rotting on the streets and the debris from buildings are now beginning to contaminate the beverage supply, an aide to the city’s mayor said.
Petro Andryushchenko told Radio Svboda that it was “difficult to convey the reality of Mariupol in relation to the bodies of the dead”.
He said there were bodies “everywhere” that couldn’t be stored “because the occupiers can’t handle such an insane number”.
“There isn’t enough power to even bury them in mass graves,” he said.
In a speech on Ukrainian television, he said that along with the rotting scouring waste, “all this ends up in the water, in the sea, in sources of drinking water.”
“As far as we can tell, we can say that the epidemic has basically started,” he said.
He added that the number of deaths in the city had risen sharply, made worse by a shortage of medicines and laboratories that could be used to fight infection.
“It’s very difficult to pin down the causes of death, but we know for sure that the death rate hasn’t gone down, it’s actually going up,” he said.
“All this indicates that Mariupol has actually already entered the first phase of the epidemic.”
Fears of a possible cholera outbreak in Mariupol were first raised by the World Health Organization in mid-May due to severe damage to the city’s water mains.
The Ukrainian soldiers who had defended the Mariupol Steelworks for an incredible 82 days were finally evacuated around this time, leaving the city in Russian hands.
A firestorm of Russian bombs, missiles and bullets had to flatten the once prosperous southern port to wipe them out.
The defenders held off up to 17 of Russia’s tactical battalion groups totaling about 20,000 troops and prevented them from taking more territory.
What is cholera?
CHOLERA is the potentially deadly disease caused by drinking dirty water or eating contaminated food.
Cholera is a bacterial infection of the small intestine that is spread through dirty water and contaminated food.
Once infected, people develop symptoms of the disease within a few days, and if left untreated, it can prove fatal.
Because cholera infection attacks the small intestine, one of the most common symptoms of the disease is severe, watery diarrhea.
It can also cause nausea and vomiting and people also complain of stomach cramps.
It can take anywhere from 12 hours to 5 days for a person to show symptoms after ingesting contaminated food or water.
If the disease is not treated at this point, the symptoms will worsen and a person can become severely dehydrated very quickly.
Although the disease is potentially fatal, cholera is easily treatable.
The most common treatment for cholera patients is an oral rehydration solution, which can prevent a person from becoming too dehydrated.
The fall of Mariupol widened Russia’s corridor along Ukraine’s southern coast from the Donbass to war-held areas.
As the battle raged, disturbing images appeared to show mass graves on the outskirts of the city amid claims the Russians had committed war crimes.
The images of mass graves appeared to support the Mariupol mayor’s claims that Russian troops had dug huge trenches near Manhush, burying hundreds of dead civilians.
Vadym Boychenko said the bodies “started to disappear from the city streets” and Putin’s forces “covered the tracks of their crimes and used mass graves as one of the tools for it”.
“They bring the bodies of the dead residents of Mariupol in trucks and throw them in these ditches,” he said.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/5501767/bodies-cholera-outbreak-mariupol-putin/ Stacks of unburied bodies spark a deadly cholera outbreak in Russian-controlled Mariupol in the wake of Putin’s genocide