One of Crimea's largest rivers dried out

Source : 112 Ukraine

The emergency mode is active in four regions of the occupied peninsula - due to the severe draught
22:32, 2 August 2018


Biyuk-Karasu river, one of the largest ones in the occupied Crimea, dried out because of the severe drought there. The creekbed next to Karasivka village is completely dry; due to that, Taiganske and Bilohirske reservoirs are empty now. The water from Biyuk-Karasu was the main source for them, Krym.Realii reported.

The locals say that the growing grass slowly covers the bottom of Bilohirske reservoir, and the rains are the only thing that keeps the reservoir from running dry completely. Its biosystem, which has been shaping for decades, also ceased to be.

The extreme drought urged the local 'authorities' to set the emergency mode in four regions of the occupied peninsula.

Earlier, we reported that there is a significant deterioration of vegetation condition in Crimea, according to the space-imagery. 

The ministry for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced People of Ukraine published the data received via space-imagery taken in 2016 and 2018 yy. They confirm a significant deterioration of vegetation on the peninsula.

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‘According to the distance monitoring, it is determined that the NDVI index used for quantitative assessment of vegetation cover in several parts of the Crimean Autonomous Republic decreased by the lowest point 0.3. Comparing the latest results with 2016 the decrease is 23 percent. overall reduction of rainfall in 2018 (comparing to the previous years) also negatively affected to the condition of the vegetation on the peninsula,’ reads the message.

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