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Drought: faced with a “historic situation”, Elisabeth Borne sets up an interministerial crisis unit – Le Monde

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Castillon Lake, in Saint-André-les-Alpes (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), July 11, 2022. LAURENT CARRÉ FOR “THE WORLD” Faced with the extreme drought situation affecting the entire territory, the first Minister, Elisabeth Borne, also in charge of ecological planning, set up an interministerial crisis unit on Friday August 5. To face this “historic situation” and “the most serious drought ever recorded in our country”, according to Matignon, and as France prepares to experience the fourth heat wave of the summer, the mobilization is intended to be general. The meeting, organized on Place Beauvau, was held with the directors of cabinet of the ministries of ecological transition, agriculture, energy transition, transport, health, economy, public accounts and inside. Read also: Drought in France: what water restrictions apply in your department? Also present at this meeting, the prefects of the defense and security zones – France has seven zones specializing in the organization of national security and civil and economic defense –, the French Office for Biodiversity, the National Forestry Office and Météo France. “The lack of rain is aggravated by the accumulation of successive heat waves which reinforce evaporation and water needs. The weather forecasts suggest that the situation could continue over the next fortnight, or even become even more worrying”, alert the services of the Prime Minister. The whole metropolitan territory is concerned Traveling on this theme, Friday, in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Minister for Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Christophe Béchu, mentioned “more than a hundred municipalities [qui] today no longer have drinking water, for which water is transported by truck”. Alongside the Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau, Mr. Béchu called for “accelerating the transitions” and for responsibility: “If we do not reduce our consumption habits [d’eau], we will have repeated episodes. The weather forecasts do little to reassure the government. Announcing a further rise in temperatures for Sunday and Monday, Météo France specifies that “these new high temperatures should continue to aggravate the dryness of the soil, despite the storms this weekend”. At the national level, since July 17, France has been setting a new soil drought record every day (on a record starting in August 1958). Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers Drought and heat: a historic month of July 2022 A generalized situation throughout the metropolitan territory. According to the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, as of August 5, 93 departments were affected by a restriction going beyond vigilance – four were on alert, twenty-three on heightened alert and sixty-six in crisis. . Since Friday, Ain, Manche, Bas-Rhin and Yonne have gone into crisis. You have 48.88% of this article left to read. The following is for subscribers only.

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