There is a significant deterioration of vegetation condition in Crimea, according to the space-imagery. The press office of the Ministry for Occupied Territories and Internally Displaced People of Ukraine claims this.
The Ministry published the data received via space-imagery taken in 2016 and 2018 yy. They confirm a significant deterioration of vegetation on the peninsula.
‘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.
Due to the drought, an emergency mode was proclaimed in Nizhnegorskiy, Sovjetskyi and Pervomaiskyi districts of Crimea.
On July 10 it became known that Leninskyi and Dzhankoiskyi districts also suffered from the drought.
Ukraine has been providing up to 85 percent of fresh water to Crimea through Pivnichno-Krymskyi Channel connecting the mainstream of Dnipro and the peninsula. Water supply was stopped after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014.