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11:48 30 Jun 2022

Drought threatens south of Ukraine

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Such a risk existed before, but now it is higher because the russians are stealing our water.

This is because the southern regions, on the one hand, are the least supplied with water resources and, on the other hand, are the largest consumers. An additional problem is the impact of climate change on these regions. Scientists note that from 2041 it is possible to stop the local surface runoff into low-water rivers in Kherson, Odesa, Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, and Zaporizhzhia regions. For example, in the Zaporizhia region, the "climate runoff" can be reduced by 10 times, in the Dnipropetrovsk region by 6 times, in the Mykolayiv region by 3.6 times, and in Crimea twice.

Doctor of Science in Public Administration, Associate Professor Serhiy Zelinsky commented on the issue:

"The seizure of water supply facilities by russian troops and the temporary resumption of water supply to Crimea may lead to an increase in water shortages both on the mainland and on the peninsula," researcher emphasized.

The study of climate change impact on the water resources of Ukraine, conducted by the Center for Environmental Initiatives Ekodiya with scientists, also indicates that the water flow of rivers in the southern regions will decrease, which may lead to water shortages in the future.

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