Crimean water reserves decreased almost threefold over a year
In the occupied Crimea, the total water reserves by the end of 2020 amounted to 31.3 million cubic meters, which is 61 million cubic meters less than a year ago.
“The total water reserves by the end of the year amounted to 31.308 million cubic meters, which is 5.364 million cubic meters less than a month ago and 61.672 million less than a year ago,” reads the review of the Crimean Department of Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring, Ukrinform reports.
According to the Department, “December and January are the wettest months of the cold season, but there was a significant shortage of precipitation in the river basins in December, as well as in previous months.”
For example, precipitation fell in the amount of 12-15% of the norm in the basins of Crimean rivers Kuchuk-Karasu, Chorna, Salhir. In the basins of rivers on the southern coast of Crimea, precipitation fell 42-50% of the norm, in the basins of other rivers – 24-40% of the norm.
The amount of precipitation in the Crimean mountains was also insignificant – from 27 to 40% of the norm.
Due to the shallowing of the Crimean water reservoirs, a strict water supply schedule was introduced in Simferopol, Yalta, Simferopol and Bakhchisaray districts. In addition, regime water supply or water deliveries because of drought were organized in 29 populated localities of the occupied peninsula.