• Mon. Feb 26th, 2024

Local residents of Kherson, Ukraine, blamed Russia for the dam attack

Local residents of Kherson, Ukraine, blamed Russia for the dam attack

In some areas, people were packing their belongings, fearing that their homes would soon be flooded.

Kherson:

Everything is going to die here,” Sergey said as water from the damaged Kakhovka dam flowed into the Ukrainian city of Kherson on Tuesday.

“All living things, men too, will be swept away in the flood,” he said, gesturing to the nearby houses and gardens.

Locals blamed Russia for the dam’s burst when water from the mighty Dnipro River gushed into the southern city, overflowing roads and covering low-lying fields.

In some areas, people were packing their belongings, fearing that their homes would soon be flooded.

“We’re afraid of flooding. We’re moving our things a little further up,” said a woman standing outside her home near a trailer containing her belongings and a washing machine.

Clutching her mobile phone, she angrily yelled at the Russian army to “get out of here… they’re shooting at us. They’re putting us in water or something.”

Residents stared at the brown water from the road bridge, built high enough to allow cargo ships to pass, as water flooded around warehouses on shore.

“It’s about three meters (high) for sure,” said Kostiantin, a local resident.

“The water has risen well,” he added.

“The flood is coming. You can actually see it right in front of your eyes,” said Victor, another Kherson resident, standing on an elevated rail with a view of the river.

“What will happen next, no one knows.”

“Let’s say a good Russian is a dead Russian.”

In any case, there is a high water table in this area, said Sergey, who was standing nearby. “Now the river is overflowing and all this will be under water.

“People will suffer. Water is not coming out of the taps already – why, no one knows,” he gestured helplessly.

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