The southern part of the Dnieper River may have returned to its normal flow by June 16 following flooding caused by the destruction of Ukraine’s Kakhovka Dam this week, a Moscow-appointed official said today.

Vladimir Saldo, who heads the Russian-controlled department, said the water level in Nova Kahovka, the town near the dam, had now dropped by 3 meters from Tuesday’s highs.

“Water has been pumped out and items collected from the streets have started,” he said, adding that more than 6,000 people have been evacuated from the flooded districts of Nova Kahovka as well as Oleski and Hola Pristan.

He said that based on the initial calculations of the Russian hydropower company RusHydro, the Dnieper will return to its normal flow in the southern part of the damaged Kahovka hydroelectric station by June 16.

Saldo also accused Ukraine of shelling places where flood victims had taken temporary refuge, saying one woman had died in the attacks. He also posted a photo of a damaged building, saying it was a hotel.

Reuters was unable to independently cross-reference the shelling statements, which echo similar claims made in recent days