Two-thirds of Europe is currently under drought warning. Analysts say such a situation has not been seen in Europe in the last 500 years. BBC news.

According to the latest report by the Global Drought Observatory, 47 percent of the European continent is under drought alert. Which means the soil is dry.

Another 17 percent of the area is also at risk of drying out vegetation.

The report also said that the drought will damage crop yields and spread wildfires. This situation may last for several more months in some parts of southern Europe.

Compared to the previous five years, European crop yields fell by an average of 16 percent for corn, 15 percent for soybeans and 12 percent for sunflowers.

The Drought Observatory is part of the European Commission’s research arm. In response, the commission warned, preliminary data suggest ‘the current drought still appears to be the worst in at least 500 years.

Research Commissioner Maria Gabriel said ongoing heatwaves and water shortages have put unprecedented pressure on water levels across the EU. We are currently seeing a more sensitive than average fire season and a significant impact on crop production. Climate change is undoubtedly more noticeable every year.

The report warns that almost all rivers in Europe have dried up to some extent.

Apart from the obvious impact on boats, the impact of drought has also been observed on dry rivers and fuel sectors. Sectors are already in crisis. According to the report, hydroelectric power has decreased by a significant 20 percent.

The effects of the recent severe drought were present in many places throughout the year. But since early August its effects have been widening and worsening. Drought conditions are likely to last until at least November this year along the European Mediterranean.

The report also says the situation is worsening in several countries, including Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, Romania, Hungary, Northern Serbia, Ukraine, Moldova, Ireland and the United Kingdom.

The researchers’ stark warning follows rapidly sinking river levels across Europe that have exposed the remains of the past. These include the so-called ‘Hungry Stone’ warnings of possible famine and parts of Nazi shipwrecks from World War II.

Drought was also officially declared in several parts of the UK.

(24 Aug)