Drought in France brings shortage of drinking water in more than 100 municipalities

A crisis committee has been established by the French government to address the historic drought that has left more than 100 municipalities without access to drinking water.

According to Minister for Ecological Transition Christophe Béchu, trucks are already transporting water to certain communities as “there is nothing left in the pipes.”

It was the worst recorded drought in France, according to the prime minister’s office.

The use of water is restricted in 93 regions as the dry conditions are expected to continue for at least the next two weeks.

According to the AFP news agency reports, the state energy company EDF has had to reduce output at some nuclear power plants, as river temperatures are too high to provide sufficient cooling

Residents are worrying that the drought, which is affecting almost the whole mainland of France, might cause reduced crop yields, aggravating the pre-existing food crisis caused by the war in Ukraine. BKM/ Expat Media

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