The region of southern Ukraine that is under Russian control recently experienced a major incident involving a large dam that was destroyed, causing a significant amount of water to flood the area.

The military of Ukraine and Nato have alleged that Russia was responsible for the destruction of the dam. In contrast, Russia has pointed fingers at Ukraine for the

Numerous individuals have been forced to leave their homes in nearby regions due to the devastating floods that have submerged the low-lying areas on both sides of the Dnipro River.

According to UN humanitarian aid chief Martin Griffiths, thousands of people in the Kherson region will face serious and extensive consequences as flood waters are predicted to reach their highest point in the next few hours.

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Can you tell me the location of the dam? The Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant can be found in the Kherson region’s Nova Kakhovka city. Presently, the city is under the control of the Russian military.

During the time when the Soviet Union existed, a dam was constructed. It is one of six dams that are located on the Dnipro river, which runs from the northern part of the country to the southern part, where it meets the sea. The Kherson region is divided by the river, with Russia occupying the southern bank and Ukraine controlling the northern bank.

According to Reuters, there is a dam that holds back a large reservoir in Ukraine. The volume of this reservoir is said to be similar to that of the Great Salt Lake in Utah, USA. The reservoir is so big that locals refer to it as the Kakhovka Sea, as in certain areas, you cannot see the other side of the bank.

What occurred? Footage and photographs displayed a significant rupture in the dam, causing water to flow through it and inundate the area downstream towards Kherson.

The exact time when the dam was initially damaged is not known, but according to satellite images, it seems that the condition of the dam worsened over a period of several days.

The road on the dam looks damaged since June 2nd, but there was no visible effect on the water flow until June 6th, when the wall broke and nearby buildings collapsed. It’s not certain yet if the damage to the road caused the breach on June 6th.

The use of satellite images has revealed extensive flooding in the areas situated at lower elevations on both sides of the Dnipro river.

On Tuesday, pictures captured in Nova Kakhovka demonstrated that various structures were encompassed by floodwaters. Additionally, even swans were seen swimming around a government office in the area.

Water levels in Nova Kakhovka seem to be decreasing, but in Kherson, which is downstream, they have not reached their highest point yet.

According to the inhabitants of Oleshky, certain houses in the town are on the verge of being submerged in water. The elderly individuals are stranded on their rooftops, anticipating their rescue.

According to the mayor appointed by Russia in Nova Kakhovka, a village called Korsunka has been entirely covered with water. Additionally, three other villages – Kozachi Laheri, Krynky, and Dnipryany – have experienced flooding that has reached up to the roofs of some buildings.

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In order to view this video, it is necessary to activate JavaScript on your browser. Enjoy watching the footage of swans gracefully swimming through the waters of Nova Kakhovka.

According to Oleksandr Prokudin, the governor of the region, a large number of people residing in the low-lying areas of Kherson city have been relocated. The city is situated less than 50 miles away from Nova Kakhovka.

According to him, around 2,000 homes located on the side of the river that is controlled by Ukraine have been completely flooded.

The company in charge of operating a hydroelectric power dam in Ukraine, UkrHydroEnerho, has reported that the Nova Kakhovka station has been completely destroyed and cannot be repaired.

According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, the river has been polluted with 150 tonnes of industrial lubricant, and there is a possibility of another 300 tonnes leaking into it.

One of the worries is desertification, where flood waters erode and remove fertile agricultural land. This flooding can have long-lasting negative effects that may persist for several years.

According to the agriculture ministry of Ukraine, a significant amount of agricultural land has been flooded due to the Dnipro river. Specifically, 10,000 hectares of land on the side controlled by Ukraine have been affected, while the amount on the side occupied by Russia is even greater.

According to the ministry, nearly 94% of the irrigation systems used for agriculture in the Kherson region are lacking a source of water.

It is uncertain what caused the damage to the dam, but the military in Ukraine alleges that Russia intentionally destroyed it. The reasoning behind this may be due to Moscow’s concern that Ukrainian troops would use the road on the dam to cross over into Russian-held territory as part of a counter-attack.

The spokesperson for the Kremlin, Dmitry Peskov, denied any involvement from Russia in the incident and instead accused Ukraine of carrying out an act of sabotage. According to Peskov, this sabotage is aimed at depriving the Crimean peninsula of water. This area was annexed by Russia in 2014.

The BBC has not confirmed either Ukraine or Russia’s statements.

The significance of the dam was immense as it fulfilled various functions.

The reservoir had the important role of storing water for several communities located further upstream. It was also crucial in providing cooling water to the nuclear power station located in Zaporizhzhia, which is about 100 miles upstream. This power station is controlled by Russia and heavily depends on the water source provided by the reservoir.

According to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), there is no imminent danger to nuclear safety, although they are keeping a close watch on the situation.

In a statement, it was mentioned that if the dam goes below the 12.7m mark, which is the minimum level required to pump water upstream to Zaporizhzhia, there are other options available to keep the nuclear plant cool. These include a massive cooling pond located in close vicinity to the plant.

In addition to that, the dam served as a crucial conduit to transport water from the Dnipro river to Crimea, which is currently under Russian control. This implies that the availability of water in the area is expected to be impacted.

Following the annexation of Crimea by Russia in 2014, Ukraine halted the flow of water from Nova Kakhovka, resulting in a severe shortage of water on the peninsula.

After the complete invasion last year, the Russian military reopened the channel. However, the absence of the dam could once again create a threat to the water flow along the channel if water levels drop.

After the invasion, Russia has been responsible for multiple attacks on dams in Ukraine resulting in extensive flooding and disturbance of power services.

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