The Czech Republic, like most of Europe, continues to face serious problems related to the drawn-out period of drought. Nearly 60 municipalities around the country have already introduced measures restricting the use of drinking water. The cabinet addressed the issue at its first session after the summer holidays on Wednesday.
Up to 100 tonnes of fish are estimated to have died in a pond in the
Břeclav region in south Moravia due to a low level of water, which led to
a low concentration of oxygen. The incident happened on Thursday, which was
the hottest day so far this year.
Around two dozen fishermen are at the site removing the dead carp and silverfish from the water. According to the administrator of the fish pond, Oldřich Pecha, the losses are estimated at several million crowns.
The drown-out period of hot and dry weather in the Czech Republic is posing a serious danger to aquatic species. Water levels in rivers around the country have fallen and the situation is particularly acute in fish ponds, minor rivers and streams.
As the drawn-out period of drought in the Czech Republic continues many
mayors have issued a ban on using tap water to fill swimming pools and
water gardens. Regional governors are counting the costs of the drought and
preparing to ask for state compensation.
Meanwhile, the Environment Ministry is preparing a long-term strategy to fight drought. These include more water basins, landscape changes and support for water saving projects, such as contributing to the cost of reservoirs for rain water. The cost of the anti-drought measures should reach 42 billion crowns.
A fire alert is in place in ten regions of the Czech Republic, including
Prague, because of the hot dry weather. Many regions have issued a ban on
lighting fires out in the open.
The incidence of fires rose sharply in the month of July. Fire crews were called to 2,700 fires that month which is the highest number in twelve years.
The Czech Republic has just seen its hottest day so far this year, with temperatures reaching highs of 37 degrees Celsius in places on Tuesday, and the current heatwave shows no signs of abating. As temperatures soar to mid-30s around the country, the scorching heat continues to affect the lives of individuals as well as business operations.
Since 2012, the Czech Republic has experienced a severe drought every year,
but this summer’s could prove the worst, as the air temperature has since
April been far above average, climatologist Pavel Zahradníček told
Most rainstorms have short and local rather than nationwide. Groundwater reserves have become steadily lower in recent decades Zahradníček said with mild winters, in terms of snowfall, a contributing factor.
Firefighters have ferried water to a fish pond in the East Bohemian town of
Přelouč to save carp and zander suffering due to a fall in the water
level, iDnes.cz reported on Tuesday. Recent dry weather has had a dramatic
impact on local ponds and administrators say they find dozens of dead fish
every day, the news site said.
Fish farmers say filling ponds is the only way to keep oxygen-starved fish alive. As the traditional seasonal food, the carp should reach Czech dinner tables next Christmas.
Extreme weather conditions, such as the current droughts, are likely to become a regular feature in the Czech Republic in the future. But scientists say the Czech government is not doing enough to address the problem. In an open letter addressed to Czech politicians, experts urge lawmakers to step up their efforts in dealing with water management and drought.
Czech scientists urge politicians to step up their efforts in dealing with
water management and drought. In an open letter addressed to Czech
political leadership, scientists from the Czech limnological society have
called for improving the country’s water management policy, that would
take into account landscape as a whole.
According to the head of the society, Martin Rulík from Palacký University in Olomouc, insufficient care of the landscape results in wiping out of forests, degradation of agriculture land and the heating of cities.