A firefighter at the scene of extinguishing a fire in a forest on the border of Germany and the Czech Republic.
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The abnormal heat that has covered Europe will last for some time, forecasters say. Against the backdrop of drought, a number of countries have already faced a real shortage of fresh water. So, in most regions of the Netherlands, a special regime has been introduced. The authorities of a number of municipalities in France resorted to the same measures.
According to the Minister of Infrastructure and Water Resources of the Netherlands, Mark Harbers, the demand for water at the moment exceeds the amount of water entering the country through rivers.
“You should think carefully about whether to wash the car or fill the pool completely,” Harbers said, addressing the citizens of the kingdom.
In mid-July, the first level of danger was introduced in the Netherlands, which signaled possible problems with water, but now the level has been raised to the second, which means that the problems have already begun, writes Reuters.
The French authorities are also struggling with the consequences of drought – a special water consumption regime introduced in the country provides for a reduction in watering green spaces and cleaning roads. Citizens are also urged to limit the use of water in everyday life.
In addition to the Netherlands and France, Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece are suffering from abnormal heat – in these countries, drought has caused large-scale fires.