Cheerful Under the Rain, Or What Happens When Municipality is Subsidized by Government.

:    Photo: Konstantin Grishin @livejournal.com
: Photo: Konstantin Grishin @livejournal.com

Kiev, July 02, 2010

Photo: Konstantin Grishin @livejournal.com
Photo: Konstantin Grishin @livejournal.com

Why are these Ukranian girls so happy?

These Ukrainian girls on the picture look very happy. They are standing in the middle of the street not far from Railway station in Kiev (capital of Ukraine). They are knee deep in water that flooded the street.

Do you know why? Do you have any idea what happened in Kiev on Friday, July 2nd, 2010?

Happened rain. Heavy rain, with hail in some regions of Kiev.

Do you have an idea why people are walking as if in a river?

I’ll tell you later and it will explain why the street was flooded by the rain. It will not explain why Ukrainian girls are cheerful. Actually, they are happy and cheerful because they are young! When you are young life seems cheerful no matter what.

Older Ukrainian women do not look as happy as young girls, but they don't seem to mind either.... They just except the situation as it is.

The guy in his underwear looks a little bit like Russian president Dmitry Medvedev, but for sure is not him.

Photo: Konstantin Grishin @livejournal.com
Photo: Konstantin Grishin @livejournal.com

Rain is a sign of good luck in many cases.

When you start a new project and it rains that day, they say that it is a good sign. Rain at the beginning of something symbolizes good luck. Many cultures see rain as a symbol for renewal or new beginnings. Rain was also a symbol of fertility, since rain restored and maintained the wellness of crops. It is considered that rain on the day of a wedding is good luck, probably it came from different cultures where marriage is often referred to as tying the knot and a wet knot is harder to untie.

In literature we often see that rain is used to underline the idea of depression. For example, in Ernest Hemingway's novel, A Farewell to Arms, rain is often used to symbolize and represent war, death, but also love

But still, more often rain is a symbol of good fortune coming your way. When Russian president Dmitry Medvedev came to Ukraine to meet with President of Ukraine Yanukovich on May 17, 2010, it was raining cats and dogs that day. Medvedev expressed his hope that the rain would wash away all what is negative and would leave a new clean page for relationship. Yanukovich said that rain predicts money (literally- “rain to money”)

Ukrainian Venice
Ukrainian Venice
We warned you.....
We warned you.....
Rainbow above Kiev.
Rainbow above Kiev.

Flood in Kiev

After many days of hot and dry weather Kiev (the capital of Ukraine) got heavy rain. They called it “tropical rain”, thought is was not tropical. It was just heavy rain that even did not last for very long. In many regions of Kiev it didn’t leave any traces besides making everything wet.

Albeit the region of Kiev near Railway station looked like Venice. There were no gondolas there, but cars would represent them if they could float. Unfortunately they could not. The water flooded the street and also some of underground street crossings. The entrance to one of Metro stations was flooded too.

Some people saw here some kind of nature disaster. Not exactly the beginning of 1212, but a warning sign from above. I don’t think this is the right explanation.

So, why did it happen? Not really because of the heavy rain. Just because of poor drainage system. Streets are supposed to have some kind of drainage system, drainage pipes that are supposed to direct rain water into the sewer. This system does not work the way it should when it becomes obstructed, blocked up, clogged. When people throw garbage on the streets, garbage gets into drainage system. When city authorities do not clean drainage system and do not take care of it, then happens flood like this.

It’s that simple. I don’t think there is another explanation why only certain streets in Kiev became streets of Venice.

Government Subsidized Municipality. Reality. Photo: Konstantin Grishin @livejournal.com

Pay attention to all this garbage floating on the top. A municipal worker is trying to clean. Too late, he should have done his job better earlier.
Pay attention to all this garbage floating on the top. A municipal worker is trying to clean. Too late, he should have done his job better earlier.
It looks that some Ukrainian guys didnt really care and flood didnt interfere with their favorite snack.
It looks that some Ukrainian guys didnt really care and flood didnt interfere with their favorite snack.

Check those crazy people taking advantage of the street flood. They made Fun out of situation. This nation can survive anything!!

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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

What? No comments yet? Uhm.....


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Vladimir Uhri 6 years ago from HubPages, FB

Funny.

Congrats.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Thanks. It is funny and serious at the same time.


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sheila b. 6 years ago

I understand what you're saying. I've seen the neglect in other former Soviet countries. I'm struck here by the picture of the older women in water higher than their waists. Are they so used to this sort of thing they just accept it? Stoicism is a survival skill, but citizens shouldn't accept this sort of thing as natural. I wonder if the authorities care about the illnesses people might contract in that garbage-strewn water?


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

sheila, authorities do not care about people period. They might care on a paper, but all what they care is their own money and power.

Simple people have to be stoic in socialism, otherwise it is hard to live. The awful thing is- yes, people take situations like this as normal. Like, well, what can we do? I've read comments on that site- only one or two people were cursing the municipality, all the rest (several pages of comments) were like entertaining themselves by joking about the situation.


irinaalek7 6 years ago

Great! Ukrainian people are not dull, I know it for sure, I lived 30 years in Ukraine. Very funny! Ukrainians optimistic!


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Ukrainian people are not dull for sure! They are doing great under the circumstances!


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billyaustindillon 6 years ago

Great images that showed the stoic nature of Ukrainians with a touch of humor - great shot of the guy with the beer at the end.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Thank you, billy for visiting and commenting. Without stoicism and humor it is impossible to take this reality. :)


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Mr Nice 6 years ago from North America

Hi ReuVera,

Natural disasters are some times cruel but what can you do. Very interesting and funny too, it doesn't looks like Ukrainians are complaining about the flood.

Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful day.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Hi Mr. Nice,

No, it doesn't look like they mind it. It happened because of plugged drainage system, but who cares.... reason for fun anyway.


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4mystickitty 6 years ago

Surely you won't be laughing if it is in your front door. But it's quite interesting that these people in the photo seems to be coping with the situation rather well.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

They do. They are so used to things like this that they don't consider them not right. They don't have any influence on the Government.


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Ukrainian brides 6 years ago

It is interesting, funny , but also very serios and problem for people , who was get to this situation.


Cees 6 years ago

It was a very hot day and after the big downpour it felt good to take off your shoes and make a barefoot stroll in the cool floodwater. I did it too and it was a great pleasure. I can understand these two girls feel happy.


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ReuVera 6 years ago from USA Author

Cees, if I were there at that time, I would be splashing in the paddles too. Thanks for stopping by.

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