In the aftermath of the devastating flood in the Kherson region, authorities have imposed a ban on fishing activities, swimming in open waters, and the sale and consumption of fish across the area. The alert was issued by Oleksandr Prokudin, the head of the Kherson Regional Military Administration, through a message on the popular messaging platform Telegram, according to Ukrinform.
Prokudin highlighted the hazardous condition of the water in the region, citing water samples that revealed a concentration of harmful substances exceeding the safety standards by tenfold. As a result, a comprehensive order has been issued to prohibit swimming, fishing, and the sale of fish in water bodies throughout the affected area. He emphasized that the flooded region could contain various dangerous elements, including chemicals and pathogens from flooded cemeteries, latrines, and landfills. Additionally, the destruction caused by the incident at the Kakhovka Hydro Power Plant (HPP), allegedly carried out by Russian troops, might have contributed to the presence of hazardous substances in the water. As a precautionary measure, residents are advised to use only bottled or imported water for cooking and drinking purposes.
Furthermore, due to the anticipated severe weather conditions, including thunderstorms, hail, and wind gusts reaching speeds of 15-29 meters per second, volunteers will not be permitted to participate in rescue operations tomorrow.
The region is currently engaged in a comprehensive rescue and evacuation mission to aid those affected by the flooding, triggered by the explosion at the Kakhovka HPP dam that occurred on the night of June 6. The authorities are working diligently to manage the aftermath of the disaster and ensure the safety and well-being of the residents in the affected areas.