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Ministry: Dnipro River returns to its banks after flooding caused by Kakhovka Dam explosion

by Alexander Khrebet June 25, 2023 4:49 PM 2 min read
An image shows the damage to the destroyed Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant in Kherson Oblast on the morning of June 6, 2023. (Energoatom)
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The Dnipro River in Kherson has returned to its banks after the flooding caused by the June 6 Kakhovka Dam explosion, the Environment Ministry reported on June 25.

The water level decreased by 4 centimeters, resulting in a total drop of 5.35 meters since the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Station by Russian forces, located about 60 km upstream from Kherson.

The shallowing of the water continues in the Great Meadow (Velykyi Luh) National Nature Park, which may result in a drought. The protected area consisting of 13 islands in the northeastern part of the Kakhovka Reservoir has been completely drained, the ministry said.

The water level has decreased by approximately 13 meters in the Kamianska Sich National Park, according to the report.

This Week in Ukraine Ep. 11 – Russia’s destruction of Ukrainian dam, and catastrophic flood it caused
Episode #11 of our weekly video podcast “This Week in Ukraine” is dedicated to Russia’s destruction of Ukraine’s Kakhovka dam, and the catastrophic flood it caused. Host Anastasiia Lapatina is joined by the Kyiv Independent reporter Igor Kossov. Listen to the audio version of the podcast on Apple,…

Russia's destruction of the Kakhovka Dam on June 6 triggered one of the largest man-made environmental disasters in Ukraine's history. The southern Kherson Oblast has suffered catastrophic floods and a large-scale humanitarian crisis.

Minister of Environmental Protection and Natural Resources, Ruslan Strilets, said on June 21 that the Kakhovka dam explosion and flooding has already caused more than $1.5 billion worth of damage to Ukraine.

Over a million people living in Dnipropetrovsk Oblast's Nikopol and Kryvyi Rih districts could face water shortages as a result, Mykola Lukashuk, the head of the Dnipropetrovsk's regional council, said on June 14.

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