Beyond the Breach: Latest Findings on Ukraine Dam Collapse

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In our previous article, we presented an overview of the severe flooding that occurred in specific regions following the catastrophic collapse of the Nova Kakhovka Dam, resulting in the Dnipro River overflowing and inundating parts of southern Ukraine.

Today, we bring you updated satellite imagery capturing the ongoing aftermath of the devastating event, even four days after the dam breach on the morning of June 6.

Our focus is the city of Kherson, situated approximately 20 miles (30 km) southeast of the Nova Kakhovka Dam, which stands as Ukraine’s largest reservoir. 

Kherson has been significantly impacted by the flooding. The satellite images provide a visual representation of the continued presence of floodwaters, emphasizing the extent of the ongoing challenges faced by the city and its residents.

Umbra, known for its cutting-edge space radar technology, recently acquired a high-resolution synthetic aperture radar (SAR) image over Kherson on June 10. 

Leveraging this advanced imagery, Ursa Space applied an algorithm to generate flood extent maps by extracting and classifying water pixels.

The flood extent map depicted below showcases the severity of the flooding that persists in Kherson, particularly affecting a shipyard within the city.

In our previous article, we presented two flood maps depicting the town of Kardashynka, located just south of Kherson, as well as the immediate area surrounding the June 6 incident, encompassing the Nova Kakhovka Dam and the town bearing the same name on the southern bank of the river.

For this update, we have taken a different approach by layering these two flood maps onto an optical image rather than the SAR image.

We remain committed to updating you on the latest developments in the region and providing comprehensive coverage of the flood-related challenges faced by Kherson and its residents.

If you have any further inquiries or require additional information, please don’t hesitate to reach out. We appreciate your continued readership and support.

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