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14 settlements in Kherson are at risk of flooding, 22,000 people are threatened by the destruction of the dam

It was partially destroyed today the Kahovka hydroelectric dam, which is located in the Russian-controlled zones of Kherson Oblast in southern Ukraine. Moscow and Kiev to blame each other for its destruction.

Ukrainian forces carried out “multiple strikes” on the Kakhovka dam last night, the mayor of the city of Nova Kakhovka, Vladimir Leonidev, wrote on the Telegram app, adding that the dam’s valves were destroyed and an “uncontrollable jet of water” was caused.

“The dam has not been destroyed and that is a huge joy,” he assured anyway.

For its part, the Ukrainian army blamed it in a statement Russia that he organized an explosion at the dam. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has urgently convened the Ukrainian Security Council, the head of the Ukrainian presidential administration, Andriy Yermak, announced via Telegram, denouncing a “crime war».

Water levels have risen in communities near the dam, but the situation is not critical, according to the Russian-appointed administration of the Kherson region.

The water level around the dam has risen by five meters and many islands in the river have disappeared under waterreported the state news agency RIA, according to which 14 settlements in Kherson are at risk of flooding and 22,000 people are at risk who live in them, according to international agencies and the Athens News Agency.

“If necessary, we are ready to evacuate the residents of the coastal villages,” the head of the government of the Kherson region, Andrei Aleksejenko, said in a Telegram message, stressing, however, that their lives are not threatened and calling on them “not to panic.” .

The Kakhovka dam, which has been occupied since the beginning of the Russian offensive in Ukraine, allows water to be supplied to the Crimean peninsula, annexed in 2014 by Moscow.

The dam was created on the Dnieper River in 1956, during the Soviet period, and is made partly of concrete and earth.

It is one of the largest infrastructures of this type in Ukraine.

Source: News Beast

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