The British government declared that the country is facing the worst drought on record that has left more than 100 municipalities without drinking water.
A crisis committee coordinated efforts to bring water to those areas where “there is nothing left in the pipes”in the words of the Minister for Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu.
Water use is restricted to 93 regions and the drought is expected to continue for at least the next two weeks.
In July, only 9.7 mm of rain fell in France, making it the driest month since March 1961, according to the national weather service Meteo-France.
In Spain, local media report that the lack of rain and high temperatures have forced several communities and municipalities to impose restrictions on water consumption, especially in Galicia, Catalonia and Andalusia.
Spanish Radio and Television (RTVE) reported that Some measures adopted by the authorities in these areas are the cut off of night supply, closure of showers on the beaches and prohibition of gar, filling swimming pools and washing cars.
“The reservoirs in Spain close July with the volume of water for consumption at 37.9%, its lowest level in a decade,” the newspaper said.
effect on crops
The office of the British prime minister, Elisabeth Borne, called on citizens to conserve water and described the current conditions as a disaster for farmers and for ecosystems and biodiversity.
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It is feared that the drought – which affects almost all of mainland France – will reduce crop yields, which will aggravate the food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine.
The corn harvest, destined mainly for animal feed, will be 18.5% lower than that of 2021, according to the Ministry of Agriculture. The main corn growing areas are in Alsace, in the east, and in the western regions, and the harvest is underway.
Europe, like other world regions, has struggled in recent months with rising food prices as grain exports from Russia and Ukraine – two of the world’s top producers – are much lower than normal.
The heat wave that has stifled France since June has caused trees and bushes to shed their leaves prematurely, creating scenes that seem autumnal. AFP.
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BBC-NEWS-SRC: https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-internacional-62447263, IMPORT DATE: 2022-08-06 10:00:06