Update from Romania: Humanity & Inclusion's emergency experts provide an update on the needs they are seeing as displaced Ukrainians flee their country.
The fighting in Ukraine is ongoing and is continuing to intensify.
We are not able to have the current number of people who have been displaced from Ukraine, but it exceeded a million yesterday. The current number of people affected is around 18 million, with 12 million in need of humanitarian assistance.
Our team is still in Romania for the moment, near the border with Ukraine, where people have been coming in to seek refuge. So far there have been about two waves of displacement—mostly people who had the means to evacuate early. The third wave is expected to arrive soon, where we will start to see more vulnerable populations with greater needs.
Right now the most pressing needs are, of course, for food, water, shelter and basic household necessities. There is a dangerous shortage of oxygen, generators, fuel and medication at medical facilities. Mental health and psychosocial support has also been identified as a priority.