Three people have died and hundreds more have fled their homes in western Ukraine following the worst flooding in a decade, authorities said Wednesday .
Floods caused by heavy rains that began this week hit 200 villages , damaging 5 ,000 homes and forcing the evacuation of 800 people , the interior ministry said .
The worst -hit region is Ivano -Frankivsk on the Romanian border .
Around 70 percent of monthly rainfall in some areas regions fell over several days , said Interior Minister Arsen Avakov , who flew to the disaster zone with the prime minister and the head of the emergency services .
More than 100 kilometres of road and around 90 bridges have been destroyed , the interior ministry said Wednesday .
Authorities were to start deliveries of food by helicopter to villages cut off by the flood waters .
Is is the biggest flood since 2008, when 39 people were killed in western Ukraine .
Some experts blame large- scale and often illegal logging operations in the Carpathian mountains for stripping trees that would normally help contain the run – off.