According to President Volodymyr Zelensky, a large number of individuals in Ukraine currently lack regular access to clean drinking water due to the destruction of the Kakhovka dam. This has left hundreds of thousands of citizens struggling to obtain the necessary resources for their daily needs.
According to the speaker, a large number of people are still present in regions of southern Ukraine that have been affected by flooding. The speaker also claims that Russia has not provided assistance to those individuals who are trapped in
Concerns have arisen that the levels of water may continue to increase
On Tuesday, both Ukraine and Russia made allegations against each other regarding the destruction of the dam. However, the BBC cannot confirm or verify either of these claims.
Extensive destruction in Ukraine’s Kherson region has been revealed through satellite images while many people are still being evacuated from the area. The evacuations have been ongoing since Wednesday.
A photograph depicted a port and industrial area that was inundated with water in Kherson, the capital city of the region. The city is currently under the control of Ukraine.
According to reports from Tass news agency, Russian emergency services have stated that the water levels are expected to remain high for a period of three to ten days.
The United Nations issued a warning that if the dam is destroyed, it would lead to severe and extensive consequences for numerous individuals.
According to Martin Griffiths, the UN aid chief, the extent of the disaster will only be known in the upcoming days.
According to Mr. Zelensky’s communication platform Telegram, the catastrophe has impacted a minimum of 100,000 individuals, with tens of thousands still residing in the affected zone.
According to him, there are a large number of individuals who do not have regular access to clean drinking water.
The services we offer to assist people are currently being utilized in areas under Ukrainian control. Unfortunately, we are unable to provide aid in regions occupied by Russia as the occupiers are not making any effort to assist the local population.
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More than 1,000 individuals have been evacuated by both Ukraine and Russia, according to their respective reports.
According to officials from Ukraine, over 40,000 people need to evacuate. This number includes 17,000 individuals in the territory held by Ukraine to the west of the Dnipro River and 25,000 people in the eastern region currently under Russian occupation.
The latest news bulletin from Ukrainian TV reported that there were still 23 areas that were flooded on Wednesday morning.
The officials who were appointed by Russia in Kherson have announced a state of emergency in the areas under their jurisdiction.
There are indications that the water levels in the town of Nova Kakhovka, which is nearest to the dam, may be decreasing as the extensive reservoir behind it is rapidly being depleted.
According to the news agency Interfax Ukraine, the governor of Kherson, Oleksandr Prokudin, has stated that it could take as long as 20 hours before the flood waters reach their highest point in the area.
According to Mr. Prokudin, Russian military has bombarded various areas of the region, including Kherson city, multiple times. This resulted in the death of one person and injury of another.
According to the mayor appointed by the Russian government in Nova Kakhovka, Vladimir Leontyev, the village of Korsunka has been fully submerged under water. Additionally, three other villages have experienced floods that have risen up to the level of their roofs.
A group of nearby inhabitants were observed making a frantic effort to rescue their possessions from their houses as the water levels were reaching up to the ceiling.
The Kakhovka dam is located downstream of the Kakhovka reservoir and serves as a critical source of water for farmers, residents, and the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant. In addition, the dam plays a crucial role in providing water to the Russian-controlled Crimea region.
Ukraine’s state-owned hydropower plants administrator, Ukrhydroenergo, has issued a warning that the largest amount of water from the drained reservoir is expected to cause a significant spill downstream on Wednesday morning.
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The statement indicated that there will be a phase of "stabilization" after this, during which the water is anticipated to swiftly subside in a span of four to five days.
There are worries regarding the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant, which happens to be the biggest in Europe. This is due to the fact that the plant utilizes water from reservoirs for
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has reported that the situation at the plant is manageable and there is no current danger to nuclear safety.
The issue of desertification has arisen due to the flooding which has caused agricultural land to erode and suffer long-term negative effects.
According to the agriculture ministry of Ukraine, a large area of agricultural land has been flooded due to the rising waters of the Dnipro river. About 10,000 hectares of land on the bank controlled by Ukraine has been affected, while a much larger area on the bank occupied by
Viktoriia Yeremenko, a 57-year-old resident of Kherson, had to leave her house in the city as it was destroyed in February. She shifted to her son’s apartment in the Neftehavan district. Unfortunately, she is facing another problem now as the district is flooded.
She expressed to the BBC that everyone had hoped the flood wouldn’t be as severe as it turned out to be, and she described feeling a sense of panic.
We own five dogs. However, we had to leave behind our cats as we did not anticipate the flood to be this extreme. I am quite concerned that the water might rise beyond the second level of our house, and I hope our cats manage to survive.
"I’ll wait and observe the situation. I am unsure of the appropriate course of action."
On Tuesday, Ukraine reported that two law enforcement officers were hurt during Russian shelling while they were assisting in the evacuation of community members.
Kremlin-appointed officials in a small nearby town called Oleshky have reported severe flooding. The residents in this town have stated that some houses are almost completely submerged in water, and that elderly individuals are currently stranded on their roofs, waiting to be rescued.
The reason for the damage to the dam is still unknown, however, Ukraine’s military intelligence has put forward an accusation that Russia intentionally destroyed it, with the motive to prevent a planned Ukrainian retaliation.
At the same time, Russia alleges that Ukraine was responsible for the dam attack. They believe that Ukraine did this to divert attention from Moscow’s claims that Kyiv’s counter-offensive has not been successful. Furthermore, Russia thinks that Ukraine’s motive was to cut off fresh water supply to Crimea, which they took from Ukraine unlawfully in 2014.
During times of war, it is prohibited by the Geneva Conventions to deliberately attack dams because this action can have severe consequences for innocent civilians.
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