Nightmares from a dam disaster

The damage and suffering caused by the destruction of the Kakhovka dam. — ©️2023 The New York Times Company

SUNSET along the Kakhovka Reservoir in central Ukraine, especially in summer, used to be gorgeous: kids played in the shallow water near the shore, men fished and young couples walked under the pine trees as the last traces of sunlight reflected off the water.

But after the destruction of a major dam just downriver, that shimmering lake, one of Europe’s biggest, simply disappeared. Now all that remains is a 240km-long meadow.

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