France creates crisis task force amid worst drought ever | TBEN | 05.08.2022

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French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne has set up an inter-ministerial crisis team that says the country is suffering the worst drought on record.

And the situation could get worse, according to a statement from the Borne office.

“This drought is the worst on record in our country,” her office announced. “The situation could persist or even get worse over the next two weeks,” it added.

Bad circumstances

“The current exceptional drought is robbing many communities of water and is a tragedy for our farmers, our ecosystems and biodiversity,” the statement said.

The lack of rain is exacerbated by successive heat waves, Borne continues, which increase evaporation on the one hand and increase the demand for water on the other.

“Faced with this historic situation, the Prime Minister has decided to activate an interdepartmental crisis task force and calls on everyone to conserve our water resources,” her office said.

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In France, large parts of the mainland are now suffering from drought. Depending on the severity, different restrictions apply to water, including irrigation.

According to local media, some municipalities were temporarily without a water supply.

France has suffered wildfires for two consecutive summers as climate change wreaks havoc across the continent, sometimes with deadly consequences.

jsi/msh (TBEN, dpa)