Evacuations in flooded areas are ongoing after the Nova Kakhovka dam's collapse on Tuesday, officials in Ukrainian-controlled Kherson said.
The head of the Kherson region military administration, Oleksandr Prokudin, said: “We expect that the water will stay and accumulate for another day and then will gradually decrease for another 5 days.”
Ukraine’s Ministry of Internal Affairs said it is looking for ways to evacuate citizens from the occupied-eastern bank of the Dnipro River in Ukraine’s southern Kherson region.
Internal Affairs Minister Ihor Klymenko, who visited the region, said: "The evacuation works are ongoing. We are trying to do it as quickly as possible. We are hampered by a strong current and shelling by the Russian military."
"The headquarters will work around the clock as long as necessary,” he said, adding “at the same time, we are working on the tasks we will face when the water goes away.”
“There is a lot of work to be done. First of all, it will concern environmental pollution. 150 tons of machine oil leaked out of the turbine room when the hydroelectric power plant was blown up," Klymenko said.
As of 4 p.m. local time (9 a.m. ET), 1,854 people have been evacuated from Ukrainian-controlled areas of Kherson region, the Ministry of Internal Affairs said in an update.