AN ELDERLY WOMAN IS EVACUATED FROM A FLOODED MICRODISTRICT OF KHERSON. PHOTO: SESU
Thirty-five towns and villages on the right bank of Kherson Oblast remain flooded following the blowing up of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power Plant (HPP) by the Russians. The water is gradually receding.
Source: Oleksandr Prokudin, Head of the Kherson Oblast Military Administration, in a video address
Quote: “35 settlements are still flooded on the right bank. 3,763 houses are underwater, but the water is receding little by little.
In the morning the average water level was 5.38 metres, but by evening it had dropped to almost 5 metres. In Kherson, the water has receded to the 5.08-metre mark, which is 60 cm below the maximum level.”
Details: Prokudin said the water in the Kakhovka district is also going down. The water level has dropped by one and a half metres in the liberated settlements of Kozatske and Vesele, as well as in temporarily occupied Nova Kakhovka.
“The situation in temporarily occupied Korsunka remains serious. The village is flooded, and the local cemetery is underwater. The cemeteries in the villages of Olhivka and Odradokamianka have also been washed away,” Prokudin said.
He noted that the situation on the temporarily occupied left bank remains critical. In the Hola Prystan hromada [a hromada is an administrative unit designating a town, village or several villages and their adjacent territories – ed.], Hola Prystan, Velyka Kardashynka and Mala Kardashynka are 80% flooded. Kardashynka and Kokhany are completely submerged under the water. 60% of Stara Zburivka is flooded. In total, more than 3,100 houses in the area are known to have been flooded.
“As for the reservoir itself, as of the evening, the water level has dropped to 11.33 metres… The reservoir is losing 6 centimetres of water per hour. In the Inhulets River, the water level has reached 6.29 metres. The intensity of the rise has decreased. The increase in water should stop in the near future,” Prokudin said.
He reported that a total of 2,588 people have been evacuated to safe places.