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Nearly 80 settlements flooded, thousands of people evacuated after Kakhovka Dam destruction

by The Kyiv Independent news desk June 11, 2023 12:14 AM 1 min read
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Since Russia's destruction of the Kakhovka Dam, 46 settlements were flooded, 32 of which were in Ukraine-controlled territory in Kherson Oblast.

A total of 2,699 people were evacuated, while 29 people remain unaccounted for in the region.

In Mykolaiv Oblast, 31 settlements were flooded, with 982 individuals evacuated, according to the Ministry of the Interior.

The Kakhovka Dam, the southern-most dam across the Dnipro River was destroyed on June 6, allowing 18 square kilometers of water to sweep downstream all at once, flooding towns and cities, and creating humanitarian, nuclear, ecological, economic and other threats to Ukraine.

The destruction was caused with planted explosives, while Russia had the run of the hydroelectric plant.

What are the consequences of the Kakhovka dam’s demolition?
The destruction of the Kakhovka dam can lead to serious humanitarian, ecological, economic, military, and legal consequences. The demolition was carried out by Russian forces in southern Ukraine in the early hours of June 6. And it’s among the most dramatic violations of the Geneva Conventions in…

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