India and Turkey also face low rainfall

Every day, the correspondent club explains how the same current events are illustrated in the two countries.

France is currently experiencing a historic winter drought. The Minister of Ecological Transition, Christophe Béchu, on Monday 27 February invited the prefect of the basin coordinates to issue a water restriction order “Now” to anticipate possible crisis situations during the summer. Turkey is also suffering from water shortages due to decreased rainfall. As for India, the country just experienced its hottest month of February in its history, raising fears of an even hotter summer than 2022.

Water shortage in Turkey

Turkey met for the first time on Friday, March 3, its committee of natural disasters experts. Of course one thinks of earthquakes in this region of the world. They too will be the centerpiece of this first meeting, but floods and droughts are also within the powers of this council. Despite its lakes, apart from the Tigris and Euphrates and its many dams, Turkey suffers from a lack of water. The weather is very cool and dry throughout the country.

Between October and January, rainfall fell by 31% compared to the same period last year. Very empty tanks and cracked floor photos multiplied in the media. The map published by the Turkish meteorological service is instructive in this regard. In his forecast for the year, nearly the entire country appears in black, red, or bright yellow, starting at “abnormally dry” To “very dry”. And the worst is coming in the next three months. Despite the expected rainfall over the next few days and hopes that the melting snow will feed the dam.

India is having its hottest February on record

It’s over 30 degrees in northern India in February, and there’s been no rain for the entire month: these were the contributing elements to making this the hottest month on record by the authorities. February is generally quite cool, especially in the north, which then slowly kicks in from the December-January winter, when temperatures drop to near 0 degrees. But this year, it seems we’re almost into summer in February: the national average last month was 29.5 degrees, or 1.7 degrees above the seasonal norm. The main reason is the lack of rain: India receives 68% less rain in February than usual.

The Indian Meteorological Administration predicts a lack of rainfall in the coming months, which will warm the atmosphere and cause major heatwaves across central and northern India.

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