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Explosion at Nova Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine

By Nitish Verma
Explosion at Nova Kakhovka Dam in Ukraine
Satellite image shows the Kakhovka dam on the Dnipro River near Nova Kakhovka in Ukraine, October 18, 2022<br>Image Credit: Reuters

According to recent reports, the Nova Kakhovka has burst and is currently flooding areas downstream the Dnipro River in Kherson. The dam, which is held by Russian forces since February, has been a flashpoint of tension between the two countries amid a bloody war.

Cause of Dam Failure Under Investigation:

Authorities and experts are actively investigating the cause behind the catastrophic failure of the Nova Kakhovka Dam. While the exact factors leading to the dam’s breach remain unknown, initial assessments suggest a combination of natural and potentially human-related causes. However, it is important to await official statements and verified information to avoid speculation or misinformation surrounding the incident.

Conflicting Narratives Surrounding the Dam Failure: In the absence of an official statement from Ukrainian authorities, various narratives have emerged, adding to the confusion surrounding the dam failure. Russian sources have been quick to claim that the dam was deliberately blown up by Ukrainian forces. However, these allegations should be treated with caution, considering the political tensions between the two nations. It is imperative to rely on verified sources for accurate information regarding the cause of the dam failure.

The dam’s lock and power station, which provide electricity and irrigation to millions of people in southern Ukraine and northern Crimea, were mostly undamaged by the blast. However, the road and rail sections of the dam were destroyed, cutting off a vital transport link between the two sides of the river.

(Read Also: Residential Buildings in Novaya Kakhovka Come Under Fire.)

Why does it matter?

The Nova Kakhovka Dam is the last and largest of six dams in the Dnipro reservoir cascade, which stretches from Kyiv to Kherson. The dam has a strategic importance for both Ukraine and Russia, as it controls the water flow and level of the river and its tributaries.

The dam also has a symbolic value, as it was built in the 1950s as part of the Soviet Union’s grand project to transform the arid steppes of southern Ukraine and northern Crimea into fertile lands. The dam’s winter garden, which houses exotic plants from around the world, is a popular tourist attraction.

The dam has been under Russian control since February 2022, when Russian forces invaded and occupied parts of eastern and southern Ukraine. Since then, both sides have accused each other of planning to blow up the dam to cause a humanitarian catastrophe by flooding large areas downstream.

(Read Also:Russian official warns of potential damage to nuclear power plant in Ukraine due to high water levels)

In recent weeks, Ukrainian forces have been making advances in Kherson region, pushing closer to the dam and threatening to cut off Russian supply lines. The explosion at the dam could escalate the conflict further and trigger more violence.

The fate of the Nova Kakhovka Dam remains uncertain, as both sides claim ownership and control over it. The damage to the dam could affect millions of people who depend on its water and power supply. The risk of further attacks or accidents could also pose a threat to the environment and security of the region.

(Read Also: Russia is withdrawing some forces from Kakhovka, Nova Kakhovka in Kherson Oblast: General Staff of Ukraine Armed Force)


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