17:05 13 Jun 2023

Ukraine starts building water pipelines to aid regions affected by Kakhovka Dam destruction

Photo: Telegram/ Ukraine's PM Denys Shmyhal

Construction of significant water pipelines has commenced in Ukraine.

PM Denys Shmyhal said this at a government meeting on Tuesday, Ukrinform reports.

What is the problem?

As Rubryka wrote, on the night of June 6, Russian invaders blew up the Kakhovka hydroelectric power plant, located a few kilometers from the temporarily occupied city of Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region.

Ukrhydroenergo stated that the Kakhovka HPP is completely destroyed and cannot be restored.

More than 3,000 people were evacuated from the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions after the Russian invaders blew up the Kakhovka HPP.

What is the solution?

"The government of Ukraine has already allocated almost UAH 2.5 billion to provide the South of our country with water. We are starting the construction of new main water pipelines, conducting an assessment of damages and forming a list of affected communities, providing transport of drinking water, preparing a decision on payments to the affected Ukrainians," said Shmyhal.

How does it work?

According to him, today, the Cabinet of Ministers [the Ukrainian government – ed.] will pass an order regarding the need for the local government of the Kherson region to organize work on inspecting damaged buildings and structures.

"Special commissions and people should work to examine the destruction quickly, and calculations should be made for the further restoration of people's homes," said the Prime Minister.

For reference:

After the Russian forces blew up the Kakhovka HPP, dozens of settlements in the Kherson and Mykolaiv regions were flooded. The level of flooding in the Kherson region decreased by 64 cm; the water is currently at the mark of 3 m 29 cm.

It should be noted that in the Kherson region, the water level tends to fall; on the right bank, 3,600 houses in 31 settlements remain submerged, and on the left bank, 17 settlements are underwater.

As Rubryka wrote, several restrictions were introduced after Russian troops blew up the Kakhovka Dam in Kherson and the region. In particular, entry to flooded settlements was prohibited.

After the terrorist attack on the Kakhovka Dam, the Russians did not stop. To prevent the counteroffensive of the Ukrainian military, the Russian occupying forces blew up a dam on the Mokri Yaly River, which is on the border of the Zaporizhzhia and Donetsk regions.

At the same time, Ukraine's armed forces stated that this would not affect the course of counteroffensive actions in any way.

Earlier, the occupiers destroyed the dam of the Karliv reservoir in the Donetsk region. As a result of the dam's destruction, settlements on the banks of the Mokri Yaly River will be flooded. However, such a disaster as in the Kherson region will probably not happen since the reservoir volume is many times smaller.




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