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Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy stated that he visited the flood-hit southern region of Kherson to assess the situation following the destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam.

“We discussed many important issues, including the operational situation in the region after the disaster, evacuation of the population from potential flood zones, elimination of the emergency caused by the dam explosion, and organization of life support for the flooded areas,” Zelenskyy said in a Telegram post.

Zelenskyy also expressed concern about the lack of support following the destruction of the dam.

This comes as the first deaths were reported following the breach of the dam in the Russian-occupied area of southern Ukraine.

“The situation in the occupied parts of the Kherson region is absolutely catastrophic. The occupiers are simply abandoning people in frightful conditions. There is no help, no water, and people are left on the roofs of houses in submerged communities,” Zelenskyy said.

Flooding from the breach extends over 600 square kilometers on the Ukrainian-held right bank of the Dnieper River and the Russian-held left bank, according to the governor of the Kherson region.

“The average level of flooding is 5.61 meters. The Kherson region has 600 square kilometers of flooded area, with 32 percent on the right bank and 68 percent on the left bank,” Oleksandr Prokudin

said on social media.

Russian state-owned news agency Tass reported that emergency services have stated that up to 14,000 homes have been flooded, and nearly 4,300 people have been evacuated in Russian areas.

The State Emergency Service of Ukraine said that 1,995 people, including 103 children, have been evacuated from flooded areas.

The reason for the dam’s collapse remains unclear. Ukraine blamed Russia for blowing up the structure, while some experts said it might have been due to wartime damage and neglect.

The World Bank is conducting a rapid assessment of the damage and needs, according to Anna Bjerde, Managing Director for Operations, who mentioned this on Twitter.

“The destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam has many very serious consequences for essential service delivery and the broader environment,” she said.

Bjerde added that the new damage assessment would build on the bank’s previous analysis of the damage to Ukraine’s infrastructure and buildings. The bank estimated that it would cost $411 billion to rebuild Ukraine’s economy after Russia’s invasion.


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