How a Dam Explosion affected the Dnipro River: People are frustrated and frustrated, and their families are worried about what they might find out about the floods
She said people are not willing to use their phones on the street for fear of being spotted by Russian soldiers, due to the spotty internet and cellular service. “All the people are exhausted,” she said as she shared with a reporter the conversations on the secure Telegram channel on her phone. They are on edge. They have no rights.”
A volunteer of a different organization, Svitlana Sitnik, said that her aunt was in one of the towns on the east bank occupied by the Russians, and she was communicating with people there through a private Telegram channel. Russian soldiers continued to patrol the streets and refused to help the civilians as the waters rose, as they painted an increasingly dire situation for them.
Emergency workers and volunteers have reported some neighborhoods near the river are already flooded. In a text message, Vasyl said that people were attempting to leave low lying neighborhoods in Kherson but that Russians were still shelling the area.
Unlike a missile strike that can bring destruction in a matter of moments, the surge of water unleashed after an explosion severed a dam on the Dnipro River was a slow moving crisis, unfolding over hours in places where reliable information was already scarce.
In Mykolaiv, the southern port city, an emergency train pulled out of the station to collect people fleeing the rising waters in Kherson, about 40 miles to the east. Humanitarian groups were just starting to arrive to provide support for those forced from their homes by flooding.
The scale of the disaster had not yet come into focus for many in areas that could be flooded, according to a Red Cross rescue worker.
As he worked to unpack boxes of aid, he said the situation was hard emotionally and psychologically. People do not know what happened. They haven’t realized this is a catastrophe.
It was difficult to get accurate information about the flooding because of spotty communications. The city of Kherson straddles the Dnipro River, which has become a front line in the war, dividing the warring armies.
The western bank, which is where the majority of Kherson’s residents live and work, is controlled by Ukraine, retaken last fall after eight months of Russian occupation. There are neighborhoods close to the river bank where flooding has already been reported but it is mostly on elevated land. Even after the dam was breeched, islands and marsh and country homes were only accessible by boat.
Alim, who reached out from Kherson via text message, said people in the lower part of the city were in a panic. “Some are moving stuff to the upper floors and roofs of their houses, while others are packing the cars and trying to leave,” he wrote.
Buses were being organized to take people from their home to the train station, but only about 30 people were registered to take the first 10-car train as of 12 p.m. local time. Hundreds of beds in Mykolaiv have been prepared for people who were forced from their homes, according to Mr. Chupyna.