Water levels in parts of southern Ukraine that were flooded after the destruction of a Russian-held dam were beginning to fall, officials said Friday.

“Thirty-five settlements remain flooded on the right bank, 3,763 houses are under water, but the water is gradually receding,” said Oleksandr Prokudin, head of the Kherson military administration.

Prokudin said water levels in his region went from an average 5,38 to near 5 meters in the course of Friday.

He said 2,588 people had been evacuated from the Kherson region.

The UN sent humanitarian convoys to the region earlier Friday, according to a post from the administration.

Prokudin’s counterpart in the Mykolaiv region, Vitaly Kim, also said “the water level began to fall” there.

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