Ukraine: 42,000 people at risk after dam destruction

At least 80 population centers have been evacuated, for the Ukrainian presidency, about 2,000 people have already been transferred

by Lorenzo Ciotti
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Ukraine: 42,000 people at risk after dam destruction

The war in Ukraine brings new catastrophes every day. Some 42,000 people are at risk from flooding of the Dnipro River after the Nova Kakhovka dam in eastern Ukraine's Kherson was destroyed. According the CNN, the Ukrainian soldiers told that several Russian soldiers were swept away by the waters or killed or injured in the chaos.

Captain Andrei Pidlisnyi reported that when the dam collapsed no one on the Russia side was able to escape. All the regiments of Russia were flooded. The flood also reached the southern region of Mykolaiev, where the waters destroyed the Yelyzavetivka bridge and damaged the Halahanivka one, reports the head of the military administration of Snihurivka.

The Guardian said the water contained in a 240 kilometer long basin, which separates the Russian and Ukrainian armies, is pouring downstream inundating dozens of countries.

Ukraine: 42,000 people at risk after dam destruction

At least 80 population centers have been evacuated, for the Ukrainian presidency, about 2,000 people have already been transferred.

According to the Russian emergency services, 2,700 homes were flooded and about 1,300 people were evacuated out of 22,000 affected. Threatened settlements are mostly found along the Russian-controlled east bank, located lower down than those on the Ukrainian-held west bank.

Volodimir Zelensky said that the destruction of the Russian-controlled Kokhovka hydroelectric plant and its dam caused at least 150 tons of hydraulic oil to spill into the Dnipro and flow at great speed towards the Black Sea: "We cannot yet predict how much part of the chemicals, fertilizers and petroleum products stored in the flooded areas will end up in rivers and the sea.The flooding could cause problems with the supply of drinking water to several regions of the South and South-East.The Dnipro delta, a of the country's most fertile agricultural areas, would risk turning into a desert.

The destruction of the dam is ecocide and a bomb of massive environmental destruction." WHO speaks of a possible surge in cholera following this catastrophe: "The impact on sanitation systems and public health services in the region cannot be underestimated.

WHO has been quick to support the authorities and health workers in the measures preventative measures against waterborne diseases and to improve their surveillance." Teresa Zakaria, emergency response technical officer at WHO, says she has not seen any cases of cholera since the beginning of the war, but traces of the cholera bacterium had previously been found in Ukraine. For this, there is a risk that an outbreak will break out.

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