Government of France activates crisis cabinet due to drought | News


The Prime Minister of France, Élisabeth Borne, announced this Friday the activation of a crisis cabinet in the face of what she described as the “most serious drought ever recorded” in that country, where 62 of 93 departments are on red alert due to lack of water. .


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Through an official statement, the Prime Minister’s office urged citizens to be attentive to the use of water resources.

This interministerial unit will be in charge of coordinating “the necessary civil security measures”, such as the supply of drinking water to the municipalities, and will monitor the effects of the drought on the agricultural, livestock and energy industries.

“The exceptional drought that we are currently suffering is depriving many municipalities of water and is a tragedy for our farmers, our ecosystems and biodiversity,” the statement stressed.

Borne’s office also indicated that there will be restrictions on the water supply, in order to “guarantee the priority uses of health, civil security and the supply of drinking water.”

For his part, the French Minister for the Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, declared that more than a hundred municipalities have been left without drinking water service in the European nation.

During a press conference, the official assured that “the supplies are made with trucks, but nothing remains in the pipes.”

Likewise, Béchu stressed that the interministerial unit will carry out advance coordination with the departments and communes to guarantee that the French have access to water.

France is facing a time of drought without historical precedent, according to official records, aggravated by the heat waves that have hit that nation in recent months.

Given this situation, the French government anticipates that in September there may be “great difficulties” in the supply of the liquid.

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