According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, a large number of people in Ukraine don’t have access to clean drinking water due to the destruction of the Kakhovka dam, which has left them without a proper source of water. This has affected hundreds of thousands of individuals who are now facing difficulties to get access to safe and clean drinking water
According to him, many people are still stranded in the flooded regions of southern Ukraine. He further added that Russia is not providing assistance to those stuck in the areas they control.
There is concern that the levels of water may increase even more.
On Tuesday, there were accusations made between Ukraine and Russia regarding the explosion of the dam. However, the BBC is unable to confirm either side’s statements.
On Wednesday, many people were still being moved out of Ukraine’s Kherson region while satellite pictures revealed that a lot of damage had occurred there.
A photograph depicted a port and industrial region inundated with water in the regional capital city of Kherson, which falls under the jurisdiction of Ukraine.
According to Tass news agency’s report of Russian emergency services, the levels of water are expected to remain high for a period of three to ten days.
The United Nations cautioned that the ruin of the dam could cause significant and long-lasting effects on numerous individuals.
According to Martin Griffiths, who is in charge of providing aid on behalf of the United Nations, we will have a better understanding of the full extent of
Mr. Zelensky has conveyed through his Telegram channel that a considerable number of people, estimated to be around 100,000, have been affected by the calamity. A significant portion of these people, numbering in tens
According to him, a large number of individuals are currently unable to access clean drinking water as it is not available to them in the usual manner.
We are providing our services to aid individuals in need, but our assistance is limited to areas under Ukraine’s control. The occupants in the parts of Ukraine occupied by Russia are not making any effort to provide aid to the local population.
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Ukraine and Russia have both reported that they have successfully removed over 1,000 individuals from a particular area.
According to Ukrainian authorities, over 40,000 people need to evacuate from two separate regions. About 17,000 people in the western region of Ukraine, located west of the Dnipro River, and 25,000 people in the eastern region, which is currently occupied by Russian forces.
According to the latest news bulletin from Ukrainian TV, there were still 23 areas that were experiencing flooding on Wednesday morning.
At the same time, the authorities in Kherson who were appointed by Russia have announced that they are implementing a state of emergency in the areas that they are in charge of
According to certain accounts, the water levels in the town of Nova Kakhovka, which is situated near the dam, could be decreasing due to the rapid depletion of the extensive reservoir located behind it.
According to a statement made by Kherson Governor Oleksandr Prokudin to Interfax Ukraine news agency, it could take up to 20 hours for the flood waters to reach their highest point in the area.
According to Mr. Prokudin, the armed forces of Russia have attacked various parts of the region, including the city of Kherson, through shelling multiple times. As a result, one person was killed and one person sustained injuries.
The mayor of Nova Kakhovka, who was appointed by the Russian government, Vladimir Leontyev, reported that the village of Korsunka has been fully submerged in water. In addition, three other villages have experienced flooding up to the level of their roofs.
Several people who lived in the area were observed making frantic efforts to protect their possessions inside their houses which were almost flooded to the ceiling.
The Kakhovka dam is located after the Kakhovka reservoir and is responsible for providing water to farmers, locals and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. Additionally, it serves as a crucial passageway for water that flows south towards Crimea, which is currently under Russian occupation.
Ukraine’s state-owned administrator of hydropower plants, Ukrhydroenergo, has predicted that the maximum level of water from a large spill downstream from a reservoir being emptied will occur on Wednesday morning.
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According to the statement, there will be a phase of "stabilization" after this, during which the water is anticipated to recede quickly within four to five days.
The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, the largest in Europe, is causing worries due to its cooling process that utilizes reservoir water.
As per the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the plant’s situation is reportedly under control and it does not pose any immediate nuclear safety risks.
The issue of desertification is also worrying, as fertile land used for agriculture is getting eroded and destroyed due to flooding. The aftermath of the flooding is expected to have adverse effects for a long time.
According to the agriculture ministry of Ukraine, a significant area of agricultural land, approximately 10,000 hectares, has been submerged on the side of the Dnipro river that is under Ukrainian control. On the other side, which is occupied, the amount of flooded land is several times
Viktoriia Yeremenko, a 57-year-old resident of Kherson, shared that her house in the city got wrecked in February, which forced her to relocate to her son’s flat situated in the Neftehavan area. Unfortunately, she revealed that the apartment is currently inundated due to flooding.
According to her statement to the BBC, she expressed her hope that the flood would not be so severe, while also describing the panic that ensued.
We own five dogs, but we had to leave our cats behind when the flood hit unexpectedly. We’re worried that the water might rise above the second floor, and we pray that our cats will make it through the flood.
I’ll wait and watch to see what unfolds. I am uncertain about the best course of action.
On Tuesday, Ukraine reported that two of its law enforcement officers were hurt during the evacuation of local residents due to shelling from Russia.
Officials appointed by the Kremlin have reported severe flooding in the small town of Oleshky nearby. According to residents, some homes are almost submerged in water and elderly individuals have taken refuge on rooftops while awaiting evacuation.
The reason for the damage to the dam is not known with certainty, however, the military intelligence of Ukraine has alleged that Russia intentionally caused the damage to impede the anticipated Ukrainian counter-attack.
In the meantime, Russia alleges that Ukraine was responsible for the dam attack to divert attention from Moscow’s claims that Kyiv failed to counteract their offensive moves. Additionally, Moscow believes that the attack aimed to deprive Crimea, which Russia had illegally annexed in 2014, of its water supply.
The Geneva Conventions have specified that it is prohibited to attack or aim for dams during conflicts because of the potential risks it can impose on innocent
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