Friday, June 10, 2011

Fires, Floods, Famine Drought in Europe getting worse

French drought
Image: AP
The greatest drought in over 100 years is currently hitting most of Europe.
Even Britain, long resistant to extended dry periods because of its location under the Jet Stream, is suffering.
The Sun reports, two English counties have officially been declared drought zones today. More are expected to follow.
In France the damage is already done, bringing emergency water-conservation measures and aid to farmers that will total $1.4 billion.
The price of hay in France has risen so steeply that French soldiers have been deployed to distribute rations to hungry cattle waiting on sun-cracked dirt.
Rather than go broke trying to feed them, farmers are selling off entire herds of livestock to the slaughterhouses. To help relive some of the burden, French officials waived farmers loan repayments for a year and exempted land taxes for the same period.

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