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Because of the droughts - the water resources of Cyprus are disappearing

26.03.2008
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Because of the droughts - the water resources of Cyprus are disappearing
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is to begin importing badly needed water from neighbouring Greece and impose water cuts. The island's reservoirs have reached dangerously low levels and its two desalination plants are unable to keep up with industry and household demand.

The government would immediately apply emergency measures which include cutting water supply to district distribution networks by 30 per cent and would begin importing water from Greece within the next few months.

Cyprus, which is heavily reliant on rainfall for water supplies, is suffering one of the worst droughts of the past 100 years.

The Mediterranean island's 109 reservoirs are only 9 per cent full and Cyprus' largest dam, the Kouri, is expected to run dry in the next few months.

According to official statistics, rainfall in Cyprus has dropped by about 20 per cent over the past 35 years.

Temperatures in the last few days were higher than normal for this time of year, reaching 34 degrees Celsius and the island was covered in thick red dusk which has blown in from northern Africa.

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