Water in the regions affected by the Nova Kakhovka dam collapse remains highly contaminated, Ukraine's health ministry said in a statement Monday.
About 40 surface water monitoring points have been set up along the river channel in the flood zone and along the seacoast in Odesa, Mykolaiv, and Kherson regions, according to the statement. The most dangerous pollutants in the water were salmonella, rotavirus, worm eggs, and E. coli, it said.
“In reservoirs of the Kherson, Odesa and Mykolaiv regions, individual indicators significantly exceed the established hygiene and sanitary standards,” the ministry said, adding that Odesa is “under the greatest danger” at the moment.
The ministry also urged residents not to swim or fish in the waters of Odesa, Mykolaiv and Kherson.
Russia and Ukraine continue to blame each other for the dam collapse.
Meanwhile, Moscow has cited security concerns for declining the United Nations' help in the Russian-occupied flooded areas.
Vladimir Saldo, the Russia-appointed governor of Kherson, said Monday that 8,100 people have been evacuated from the region since the start of the rescue operation — including 583 children and 290 people with low mobility. Saldo also said medical assistance and compensation were being given out in affected areas.
Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the Kherson region military administration in the Ukrainian-controlled areas, said the situation in occupied areas was “critical” and the Russians had failed in evacuation efforts.
"People are trapped in the water. Officially, 11 people died of drowning in Oleshky alone. However, this figure is underestimated, as Russia is trying to hide the fact that civilians died," he said.
Last week, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for international support to help rescue victims of the dam collapse in Russian-occupied territory and accused Moscow of not providing “any real help to the people in the flooded areas.”