Five people were killed and 60 injured after flooding in the Kherson region, where there was an unregulated discharge of large masses of water after a Ukrainian strike on the dam of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station.

"Today it was reported that out of seven people who were engaged in grazing, five drowned. We are now engaged in the evacuation of the remaining two, "said the head of the Novokakhovka urban district, Vladimir Leontiev, on the air of the Solovyov LIVE TV channel.

In turn, the vice-governor of the Kherson region, Tatyana Kuzmich, on the air of the Russia 24 TV channel, said that 60 people were hospitalized after the incident.

As the acting governor of the Kherson region, Vladimir Saldo, said, family members of those killed as a result of emergencies will be paid compensation in the amount of 1 million rubles, the victims, taking into account the severity of the harm caused, will be paid from 200 thousand to 400 thousand rubles. In addition, residents of the region will receive one-time financial assistance in the amount of 10 thousand rubles per person, and in connection with the loss of essential property - from 50 thousand to 100 thousand rubles per person.

"I instructed the government of the Kherson region to work out as soon as possible the procedure and conditions for making lump-sum payments to citizens in order to provide material assistance and compensation for lost essential property in connection with the flooding of settlements," Saldo wrote in his Telegram channel.

The day before, a regional emergency regime was introduced in the Kherson region in order to quickly begin payments to the victims.

Recall that on the night of June 6, shelling by the Armed Forces of Ukraine led to the destruction of the upper part of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station. After that, an uncontrolled discharge of water from the Kakhovka reservoir began. According to the Ministry of Emergency Situations, houses in 15 settlements were flooded.

Work to eliminate the consequences of the disaster at the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station

Rescuers are working selflessly in the Kherson region, said Dmitry Peskov, press secretary of the President of the Russian Federation.

"The difficulty lies in the fact that in a number of places we have to work in the face of ongoing shelling from Ukraine. This complicates the work. The main task - you know, to save people - our rescuers perform, as always, selflessly," he said.

According to him, Russian President Vladimir Putin keeps the situation in the region under control: "Yesterday, you know, he instructed the Ministry of Emergency Situations to strengthen its presence there and provide assistance to people and also actively engage in the work to eliminate the consequences of this disaster."

According to the press service of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia, the population of the Kherson region is provided with comprehensive assistance. Particular attention was focused on a set of anti-epidemic measures.

  • Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia: comprehensive assistance is provided to the population of the Kherson region

"The main task is to effectively provide comprehensive assistance to people, provide accommodation, food, organize work on the prompt restoration of lost documents, as well as prevent interruptions in social benefits," said Anatoly Suprunovsky, deputy head of the Ministry of Emergency Situations.

The ministry also noted that the Don Rescue Center of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Russia delivers 45 units of pumping equipment, 45 heat guns, ten mobile power plants, seven motor boats and more than 20 tons of bottled water to the region.

In addition, rescuers are helping people evacuate flooded homes.

The strike of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on Hola Prystan

On June 8, Ukrainian militants shelled a civilian evacuation point in Hola Prystan, killing two people, including a 33-year-old pregnant woman, and injuring two others.

  • © Volodymyr Saldo

"The shelling was deliberate, nonhumans fired specifically at civilians," said Volodymyr Saldo, acting governor of the Kherson region.

He laid the blame on the head of the Kyiv regime, Volodymyr Zelensky.

"It is reported that Kyiv leader Zelensky is in Kherson today. The blood of today's innocent victims falls on him personally. When he performs his reprises in the dock, the shelling of Hola Prystan on June 8, 2023 will also be on the long list of his crimes," Saldo stressed.