As of Thursday morning, 117 populated areas in Ukraine are without an electricity supply as severe weather conditions ravage the country, reports the State Emergency Service of Ukraine.
Thunderstorms have caused blackouts in 7 regions, with Zaporizhzhia and Dnipropetrovsk the worst affected.
Large hail and strong wind gusts are reportedly the cause of the power outages.
While torrential downpours and hail, July 25, have flooded the roads and underpasses of Kiev, causing lengthy traffic jams city wide and a complete standstill downtown.
The heavy #rain continues in #Ukraine. The local infrastructure can't handle the amount of precipitations. The streets in many towns & cities are flooded. Even newly rebuilt infrastructure in #Kyiv aka #Kiev can't handle so much rain. Cars, local businesses in water. #flood #EU pic.twitter.com/tthaKwvsaE
— Best Health 4 You (@besthealthyou) July 25, 2018
Part of the bridge across Kyrylivska Street in Kiev’s Podilsky district collapsed because of the flooding.
Communications and the main fiber optic cable were damaged as a result of the collapse.
Overwhelmed emergency teams of Oblenergo are frantically carrying out repair work to resume the electricity supply.
More severe weather is forecast for Ukraine the coming days, threatening to take the already stretched emergency services to breaking point.