After Russia caused an ecosystem catastrophe by blowing the Nova Kakhovka dam, water levels have begun to drop in occupied Nova Kakhovka. Nova Kakhovka mayor Volodymyr Kovalenko told U.S. news outlet Radio Liberty on
“It’s now in the parking zone, in the lower part of the town, which was flooded in the opening hours (of the flood) and where the biggest waves were located – they approached six meters in the area of Kazkova Dibrova (a zoo located along the bank of the Dnipro River – ed.) This part is still flooded, but there isn’t any housing there.”
e also noted that Russian forces are still deployed in the town, and, according to witnesses, they have quartered themselves in empty apartments. However, the nearby village of Korsunka, is facing a “much more difficult and terrifying” situation, he added.
“I just spoke to a resident of Korsunka: no one told the residents that there is a flood,” he relayed. There were absolutely no attempts to organize an evacuation, even though the water levels in that village reached even three meters. The gymnasium, monastery, library, and club, were all flooded, and the graveyard was washed out. I don’t want to believe this, but the woman said this: ‘I saw that corpses and coffins were floating through the town.’”
Russian forces blew up the Kakhovka Dam and hydropower plant on June 6 which they had occupied for more than a year. Ukrainian hydropower operator Ukrhydroenergo announced that the plant was completely destroyed and could not be restored, while the Ukrainian military’s Operational Command South clarified that while the entire dam was not destroyed, it has suffered significant damage.