Hundreds of people have been stranded and thousands left without drinking water in Ukraine after a dam break caused severe flooding in the region. According to reports from the Associated Press, the rupture of the dam has caused a “catastrophe” and the full magnitude of the damage will only become clear in the coming days. The United Nations has been notified of the situation and is expected to offer assistance to the affected communities.
One of the concerns arising from the dam break is the potential risk of a nuclear disaster at the Zaporizhzhia plant, the largest nuclear power station in Europe. DW News has reported that the plant is located downstream from the dam and that any further damage to the structure could have serious consequences.
The situation has prompted calls for action from NATO, with some suggesting that Russian aggression may be to blame for the dam break. The Philadelphia Inquirer has called for Putin to be held responsible for his alleged war crimes in Ukraine, while Newsweek has highlighted the pattern of past Russian attacks on Ukrainian infrastructure.
As relief efforts continue in the region, it is clear that the impact of the dam break will be felt for a long time to come. The Ukrainian government has declared a state of emergency in the affected areas and has called on the international community for aid.