The Netherlands and France warned of water shortages due to record heat
Due to abnormal heat and shallowing of rivers, some European countries are faced with a shortage of fresh water. In France and the Netherlands, most municipalities have introduced a special regime that provides for reduced water consumption type=”image/webp” media=”(max-width: 320px) and (min-resolution: 192dpi)” >< source srcset="https://s0.rbk.ru/v6_top_pics/resized/1200xH/media/img/0/90/756595612624900.jpg 1200w" media="(min-resolution: 192dpi)" >
In most municipalities in the Netherlands and France, there is a shortage of fresh water due to record heat, the authorities have introduced a special regime, which, among other things, provides for reduced water consumption. This is reported by BFMTV and Dutch News, citing statements by the authorities.
In particular, the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Resources of the Netherlands, Mark Harbers, said that “drought has led to the fact that national needs exceed the volumes of water entering the country by rivers and as a result of rains.
According to him, this situation will continue for a certain period, which means that new measures for the distribution of fresh water may be introduced in the near future. The minister also urged people to “thoroughly think about whether they should wash their car or completely fill the inflatable pool.”
The first level of danger, indicating an expected shortage of water, was introduced in the country on July 13, according to Dutch News. Now the danger has been raised to the second level, which means the actual shortage.
In France, due to the drought, a special regime was also introduced, it affected all 96 mainland departments of the country. The first level of warning includes limiting the cleaning of roads, sidewalks, watering green spaces, as well as reducing household water consumption. Currently, another 10-day wave of hot weather is expected in the country, BFMTV clarifies.
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Abnormal heat in recent weeks has been recorded in most of Western Europe: in particular, in Portugal it reached 46.3 degrees, and in Spain up to 42 degrees. In Portugal, Italy, France, Greece, the heat has led to strong forest fires. Experts attribute what is happening to climate change.
The Association of Tour Operators of Russia (ATOR) urged travelers who plan trips to Europe to be more careful due to record heat in some countries and take into account possible disruptions in transport and tourist infrastructure .
Earlier, the main department of the Ministry of Emergency Situations of Moscow also reported that from August 3 to 6, the temperature in Moscow would rise to 30-33 degrees Celsius. “According to Roshydromet weather forecasters, in the daytime hours of August 3 & 6, intense heat is expected in Moscow with a maximum air temperature of 30 & ndash; 33 ° C & mdash; says the department's emergency warning.
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