The worst drought in Europe will cause the level of Europe's largest river to drop to 47 cm by the weekend, which is only 7 cm above the level possible for the continuation of navigation
The water level in the Rhine River is at a record low and is approaching a point where navigation will not be possible. This is reported by Bloomberg, citing a statement by the German authorities, as well as transport and energy companies.
According to the agency, the level of the Rhine may fall to 47cm by this weekend. The representative of the Federal Institute of Hydrology of Germany said that the level was record low for many decades, and if the river level drops to 40 cm, navigation on it will become impossible.
“Coal shipments are already limited due to low water levels because fewer ships are available and those that can still be used are carrying less cargo,” reported Bloomberg in the German energy company EnBW AG. They also pointed out that in connection with this, the price of transporting coal and, as a result, prices for the final consumer is growing.
Rhine— the largest river in Europe with a total length of more than 1.2 thousand km. It flows through Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Germany, France and the Netherlands.
“With transport on the Rhine disrupted and alternatives such as rail and road looking increasingly expensive, it will be difficult for Germany and Switzerland to stockpile diesel fuel before temperatures drop,” Facts Global Energy analyst Josh Folds told the agency.
On July 18, the Joint Research Center of the European Commission (EC) reported that in the coming month, almost half of the EU is threatened by a severe drought. “Analysis of the spread of prolonged drought in the EU shows that 46% of the EU area is of serious concern in connection with the threat of drought. 11% of the EU is already experiencing problems due to lack of water,— experts indicated.
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Earlier, France and the Netherlands announced the introduction of a special regime due to drought. 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 volume of water entering the country through rivers and as a result of rains.”
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