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31 civilians died following Russia’s destruction of the Kakhovka dam

Kherson City’s Korabel district flooded after the destruction of the Kakhovka Dam. Photo: Ukrainska Pravda
31 civilians died following Russia’s destruction of the Kakhovka dam

31 civilians have died following Russia’s destruction of the Kakhovka dam on 6 June, Svoboda Radio reported, quoting Ukraine’s Minister of Internal Affairs Ihor Klymenko.

“As for the victims: we have 31 people dead as of today. 29 people are from Kherson Oblast and two citizens died in Mykolaiv Oblast,” Klymenko said.

According to the Minister, the estimates of material losses have not yet been completed.

“It is very difficult to estimate over these months how much we have lost in potential harvest, how many private farms we have lost, including vineyards and melons that grew in this area, how much potential we have lost on the water. This is a big problem. The water has moved several kilometers away from the shore of the Kherson Reservoir. And today, I see the main problem as access to water for our citizens in the future,” the Interior Minister said.

On 30 June, Ukraine’s Ministry of Economy reported that Ukraine has suffered direct losses of at least $2 billion due to the destruction of the Kakhovka Hydroelectric Power plan. The environmental losses alone reached $1.5 billion, housing losses are estimated at $950 million, and the energy sector has lost $624 million. The construction of a new hydroelectric power plant will cost about $1 billion.

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