PARIS — French Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on Friday that France was " The country has warned it is facing the most severe drought ever recorded in the country, announcing the activation of the government's crisis management unit.
Borne faces a 'historic situation' as many parts of France endure her third heatwave this summer said.
"The exceptional drought we are currently experiencing is robbing many municipalities of water and is a tragedy for our farmers, ecosystems and biodiversity," she said. said in a statement.
According to weather forecasts, heat that will increase evaporation and water requirements could continue for the next 15 days, making the situation even more worrying, she emphasized.
Coordinate measures such as bringing drinking water to some locations.
We will also monitor the impact of the drought on France's energy production, transport infrastructure and agriculture.
Drought could force French energy giant EDF to cut output at nuclear power plants that use river water to cool reactors .
France currently has 62 regions with limited water use due to lack of rain.
Christophe Bechu, Minister for Environmental Transition, said during a visit to southeastern France that more than 100 municipalities were unable to supply drinking water to taps and had to be supplied by truck.
"The worse the situation gets, the more we prioritize drinking water over other uses," he said.
July was marked by a record rainfall deficit in France. Only 9.7 millimeters (0.3 inches) of rain fell, according to Meteor France, an 84% decrease in average rainfall for the same month over the past 30 years.
According to Meteo France, July 2022 was the second driest month since 1958 since measurements began in 1959.
Farmers across the country report that the lack of fresh pasture makes it more difficult to feed livestock, especially in unirrigated fields and in crops such as corn. We are noticing reduced yields in crops that require a lot of water.
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