At least 600 square kilometers (232 square miles) of Ukraine's southern Kherson region has been flooded following the Nova Kakhovka dam collapse on Tuesday, Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the Kherson regional military administration, said in a statement on Telegram, APA reports citing CNN.
Floodwaters have risen to an average level of 5.61 meters, according to a regional military commander.
The collapse of the dam and hydro-electric plant sent torrents of water gushing down the Dnipro River.
The east bank, which sits lower than the west, suffered the worst of the flooding. Of the whole flooded area, 68% was on the east bank and 32% on the west, Prokudin said.
Nearly 2,000 people have now been evacuated from the “danger zone” and were being housed and fed in temporary aid shelters, Prokudin said.