Dam flood death roll rises to 10, with 41 missing: Kyiv

AFP , Monday 12 Jun 2023

Ukraine on Monday said 41 people were still missing in the floods caused by a dam breach that it blamed on Russia, and which killed 10 people in the southern Kherson region.

 Woman evacuated from a flooded neighborhood of the left bank Dnipro river, Ukraine
File Photo: Volunteers haul a woman on a stretcher as she been evacuated from a flooded neighborhood of the left bank Dnipro river, in Kherson, Ukraine, Friday, June 9, 2023. In Ukraine, the governor of the Kherson region, Oleksandr Prokudin, said Friday that water levels had decreased by about 20 centimeters (8 inches) overnight on the western bank of the Dnieper, which was inundated starting Tuesday after the breach of the Nova Kakhovka dam upstream. AP

 

The Russian-controlled Kakhovka dam along the front line in the Kherson region was destroyed on June 6, forcing thousands to flee and sparking fears of humanitarian as well as environmental catastrophe.

"Currently, we know about 10 dead in Kherson and the region," Ukrainian Interior Minister Igor Klymenko said on Telegram. "We are also reporting 41 people as missing."

The governor of the Kherson region, the most affected by the flooding, said two bodies were found on Monday in the regional capital, also called Kherson.

"Today, an unidentified woman and a 50-year-old man were found drowned in one of the city's districts," the head of the Kherson region, Oleksandr Prokudin, said on Telegram.

A day earlier, Prokudin said three people were killed as Russia shelled a rescue boat evacuating people after the devastating floods.

Kyiv has accused Moscow of blowing up the dam on the Dnipro River, while Russia has blamed Ukraine.

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