Destruction of dam leaves thousands of Ukrainians without drinking water

The destruction of the giant Nova Kakhovka Dam in southern Ukraine has left thousands of people without drinking water and dwindling food supplies in the regional capital Kherson.

Volunteers and workers from the Ukrainian State Emergency Services on Friday continued to evacuate people and deliver drinking water and food to those still trapped in their homes.

“People need water… they worry the tap water is unusable so we will definitely will need drinking water in the coming two, three weeks at least,” volunteer Yulia Kisilova said.

After the vast Soviet-era Kakhovka Dam crumbled on Tuesday (June 6) – a human and ecological disaster that Russia and Ukraine have blamed on each other – rubber dinghies have replaced cars in the town’s streets.

Rescuers in boats navigated from house to house to search for people needing evacuation.