Water levels in the flooded area of the Kherson region have dropped overnight, according to a local Ukrainian commander.
"On average, the water level on the west bank [of the Dnipro River] is 5.38 meters (17.7 feet), and in Kherson city it is 5.35 meters. We can already see that the water has dropped by 20 centimeters (7.8 inches) overnight," said Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the Kherson region military administration, on Telegram Friday.
Prokudin reiterated calls for affected residents to flee for safety.
“If you are in the flood zone, leave immediately. To wait there is not an option, do not put yourself in danger. After the evacuation, you will be provided with everything you need,” he said. “The only thing we lack is time. 24 hours a day is not enough to solve all the issues.”
He added his team had received more than 400 unanswered calls in nine hours, but vowed to call everyone back.
“We have no doubt that Kherson region will survive. Unbreakable people live here," he said.
Update on extent of flooding and rescue, according to Prokudin:
- 3,624 houses in 32 settlements of the Kherson region have been flooded
- 2,352 people have been evacuated
- 550 animals have been evacuated