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A grave situation unfolds in eastern Ukraine as more than 40,000 individuals face the imminent risk of losing their homes due to flooding. The catastrophic event was

triggered by the deliberate destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam, a massive Soviet-era structure on the Dnipro River. The consequences of this breach are anticipated to be severe, with thousands of people expected to lose access to food and safe drinking water.

Aerial photographs depict entire streets submerged in the port city of Kherson, where rescuers are evacuating residents using dinghies. Martin Griffiths, the UN aid chief, addressed the Security Council, stating that the dam breach will have far-reaching and grave consequences. The true magnitude of this catastrophe is yet to be fully realized, and the situation is expected to worsen in the coming days.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky attributed the destruction of the dam to "Russian terrorists," calling it an intentional act of ecocide. He claimed that the attack was aimed at one of Ukraine's largest water reservoirs and accused Russia of deliberately causing this devastation. Prior to the Russian invasion, approximately 100,000 people resided in the affected areas, and tens of thousands remain there, now deprived of normal access to drinking water.

Millions of liters of water are pouring through the breached dam, resulting in severe flooding. The Ukrainian government has declared a state of emergency in the Russian-occupied Kherson region, where between 22,000 and 40,000 people are affected, according to the Kremlin-appointed leader Vladimir Saldo. The situation is dire, with hundreds of thousands of individuals left without proper access to drinking water. The Ukrainian government and various aid organizations are providing assistance, but their reach is limited to territories controlled by Ukraine.

British defense officials have cautioned that the dam is likely to sustain further damage, exacerbating the flooding. However, they reassured that the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant located downstream is not currently facing immediate additional safety concerns. The Ministry of Defense refrained from explicitly blaming Russia for the attack, as investigations are still ongoing.

Reports from Russia's state-owned RIA news agency suggest that Ukrainian forces dropped numerous bombs from drones in the border region of Belgorod. Consequently, an air raid alert was issued across most of Ukraine.

The destruction of the Nova Kakhovka dam represents a significant escalation of the conflict in Ukraine, exacerbating the already dire humanitarian situation in the region. The international community is closely monitoring the situation and urging a peaceful resolution to prevent further suffering and loss of life. Photo by GennadyL., Wikimedia commons.