A severe drought has occurred in some areas of Britain. The river is drying up. Due to lack of water, the field crops are destroyed. The British government has officially declared eight areas as drought zones. Dry conditions are being prolonged across Britain, with the severity of the drought increasing by the day. Some areas of the country have not received significant rainfall this year. Apart from this, after 1952, this year the amount of rainfall is the lowest while the temperature has increased. Temperatures have been above 20 degrees since mid-July, with some days exceeding 40. The National Drought Group decided to officially declare a drought on Friday, August 12. The eight areas identified by the Environment Agency as drought zones are Devon and Cornwall, the Solent and South Downs, Kent and South London, Herts and North London, East Anguilla, Thames, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire and the East Midlands. The Environment Agency may declare drought in two more areas by the end of August. They are Yorkshire and the West Midlands. Four types of emergency weather conditions are declared in England for prolonged dry weather. Earlier this month, a meeting of experts discussed the declaration of the first phase of emergency. However, this time, the second stage of emergency drought has been increased by one more step. Canals have dried up in many places due to drought. The headwaters of the River Thames in particular have run dry this year.

(August 14/AR)