The Kakhovka reservoir has become catastrophically shallow after flooding caused by the explosion of the Kakhovka hydroelectric power station, Ukrhydroenergo has warned today.

In an update, the company said the Dnipro river has returned to its old channel, and in some places, it is just a stream. The average level of the lower pool near the Dnipro Dam is 12.88m BS.

According to the Ukrainian Hydromedical Center, the water level at the Kherson post as of 8:00 a.m. on June 26 is 0.33m BS. At the level of Kherson, the river has returned to the pre-detonation water level.

Ukrhydroenergo and the design institute are working on a project to build temporary water retaining structures (bridges) at the Kakhovka reservoir in the upper and lower beaches after de-occupation. It said it will help solve the problem of water supply in four regions of Ukraine and Crimea, as well as return manoeuvring capacities to regulate peak loads, including solar and wind power plants in Kherson and Mykolaiv regions.