• Wed. Feb 21st, 2024

Major flooding after the Key Dam burst in Ukraine

Major flooding after the Key Dam burst in Ukraine

New Delhi:
A dam at the Kakhovka hydroelectric plant in southern Ukraine has become the latest casualty of the Russia-Ukraine conflict, which both countries blame for the attack. The burst dam flooded the war zone.

Here are 10 facts about this great story:

  1. On Tuesday, the head of Ukraine’s presidential administration called the blast an “ecocide” by the Russian military. Russia blamed Ukraine for the incident.

  2. Ukrainian authorities said that the water level will reach a critical level in the next five hours. “The water will reach a critical level in five hours,” regional governor Oleksandr Prokudin said in a video on his Telegram channel.

  3. 10 villages on the west bank of the Dnipro and part of the city of Kherson have been asked to prepare to evacuate as they face the threat of flooding.

  4. Unverified videos on social media showed water seeping through the remains of the dam, with onlookers expressing their shock, sometimes in strong language. The water level rose several meters within hours.

  5. President Volodymyr Zelensky has called Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council for an emergency meeting about the attack.

  6. The Kakhovka Dam, seized at the start of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, supplies water to the Crimean peninsula, which was annexed by Moscow in 2014.

  7. The reservoir also supplies cooling water to the Zaporizhia nuclear power plant. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said there was no immediate nuclear safety risk at the plant due to the dam failure, but the situation was being closely monitored.

  8. Vladimir Leontiev, the head of the city’s Moscow-backed regime, Nova Kakhovka, said overnight “multiple strikes targeting the Kakhovka dam” damaged the dam’s gate valves and caused an “uncontrollable” flow of water.

  9. It is not yet clear how the flooding will affect Ukraine’s long-planned counteroffensive against Russian forces entrenched across southern and eastern Ukraine.

  10. Built on the Dnipro River in 1956 during the Soviet era, the structure is made partly of concrete and partly of earth. It is one of the largest infrastructures of its kind in Ukraine.

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