The Dnieper will enter its usual course under the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station by June 16. On this subject informed on Saturday, June 10, the acting governor of the Kherson region Vladimir Saldo, referring to the preliminary calculations of RusHydro.
Saldo wrote in his telegram channel that during the day the water level in Novaya Kakhovka dropped from 3 meters to 7 meters. According to him, the pumping of water and the collection of garbage in the streets have started.
“The water began to descend in the lower course of the Dnieper <…>. According to preliminary calculations by PJSC RusHydro, the Dnieper will enter its usual course under the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station by June 16,” Saldo said.
He noted that on Saturday morning more than six thousand people were evacuated from the flooded territories of the city of Novokahovsky, Aleshkinsky and Golopristansky municipal districts of the Kherson region. Among them, 235 children, as well as 81 people with reduced mobility, the statement said.
According to Saldo, 795 people and 344 equipment were involved in the fight against the consequences of the flood. The work is hampered by “constant shelling by militants of Ukrainian armed formations”, added the head of the region.
At the same time, Ukrhydroenergo said the Kakhovka reservoir had lost more than a third of its water volume since the dam broke. The head of the enterprise, Igor Sirota, reported that on the morning of June 10, the level of the reservoir near the city of Nikopol was 10.55 m, which is almost 1.2 m lower than the day before.
The breakthrough of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station occurred on the night of Tuesday, June 6. Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said it was “deliberate sabotage by Ukraine”. In the west and in Kyiv, the responsibility for the destruction of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station was assigned to Moscow. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said there was “internal damage to structures”.
You can read the reaction to the breakthrough of the Kakhovskaya hydroelectric power station here. Russian media wrote more about the implications of the station’s destruction for agriculture and energy here.
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