Kherson (Ukraine). Hundreds of people have been forced to move to safer places as part of a major emergency operation after a dam in war-torn Ukraine was breached by water. Evacuations continue amid Russian shelling. A day after the dam broke, the cause of the disaster is still unclear. However, Ukraine has accused Russia of breaking the dam, while Russia has blamed Ukrainian shelling for the dam breach.
Some experts suggest that the dam may have been accidentally breached due to wartime damage and neglect. Others say this would not have happened and argued that Russia must have had strategic reasons for demolishing the dam. Officials said on Wednesday that the water level is likely to rise further and more coastal areas of the Dniper River will come under its influence.
The Kakhova Hydroelectric Dam and Reservoir is one of the largest dams in the world and plays an important role in providing drinking water supplies and irrigation facilities in southern Ukraine. Part of it falls in the Kherson region, which was occupied by the Russian army last year. The river there is a dividing line between the areas under the control of the two warring sides.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Wednesday accused Moscow of deliberately destroying the dam. “Thousands of people have been deprived of drinking water,” he said in a post on Telegram. “The floodwaters are slowing down,” said Olesandr Prokudin, head of the military administration of the Kherson region. 1,800 houses along the river bank have been submerged and around 1,500 people have been shifted to safer places.
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