Europe suffers from drought in 5 symbolic images

Water shortages and rising temperatures affect a large part of the ancient continent. Waterways, crops, and high peaks have been experiencing severe drought for several weeks.

Drought is becoming more and more prevalent throughout Europe. Due to the lack of rain and frequent intense heat for several weeks, a large part of the ancient continent was exposed to drought.

Back in pictures of this amazing phenomenon, between dry rivers and melting glaciers and lost crops.

Dry Rhine River in Germany

The Rhine is partially dry due to drought, Düsseldorf, Germany, July 25, 2022
The Rhine is partially dry due to drought, in Dusseldorf, Germany, 25 July 2022 © Ina FASSBENDER – AFP

The Rhine River in western Germany suffers from a lack of water. Parts of the world’s busiest rivers have dried up, creating sandbars and heat cracking soil.

The continuous drop in the water level for several weeks is the reason for the significant decrease in the shipping traffic downstream. What poses troubling problems to direct the country’s economy.

Concern about the harvest in France

Grapes dried by heat, in Wittolsheim, Alsace, France, on August 10, 2022
Grapes dried by heat, in Wittolsheim, Alsace, France, August 10, 2022 © Sébastien BOZON / AFP

Farmers are worried. In France, some crops are expected to be particularly early due to rising temperatures. In Alsace, grape clusters have already been damaged by the heat and some crops have been delayed by ten days to three weeks. Enough to start vintage but advertised as promising.

Corn, potato, pear, apple, etc. Many crops have either been lost or are under threat due to the heat affecting most of Europe.

glacial lake in switzerland

Glacier threatened by global warming in Gleich, in the Swiss Alps, on July 8, 2022
Glacier threatened by global warming in Gleich, in the Swiss Alps, July 8, 2022 © Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

In the Swiss Alps, a lake was formed at the foot of the Rhone glacier due to the heat in the canton of Valais. To try to stop the melting, insulating foam (shown in the right part of the image) was applied to cover a portion of the glacier.

The peak was chosen from 10 glaciers around the world to be photographed by high-resolution cameras. Target? Record its evolution according to the evolution of the climate over the years.

Part of the dry river Thames in England

The source of the Thames dries up due to drought in Ashton Keynes, England on August 8, 2022
The source of the River Thames dries up due to drought in Ashton Keynes, England, August 8, 2022 © Adrian DENNIS – AFP

Because of the drying up of groundwater, the Thames lacks water at its source, first. Apart from some muddy puddles, the water was now 8 km away, revealing some lobster corpses.

No respite is expected anytime soon, while the heat will continue in the coming days. England already recorded this summer the driest July in its history since 1935.

A house escaped from flames in Portugal

A house escaped from flames after a fire in the village of Jo in the municipality of Morca, northern Portugal, on July 20, 2022
A house escapes from flames after a fire broke out in the village of Jo in the municipality of Morsa, northern Portugal, on July 20, 2022 © Patricia DE MELO MOREIRA / AFP

miraculously survived. A house stands alone amid a landscape of devastation in northern Portugal, as fire hits the village of Jo in the municipality of Morsa.

The country has seen very large fires in recent weeks, fueled by drought. More than 1,500 firefighters were still mobilized Thursday in the center of the country.

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