Due to the long-lasting drought in Germany, the water level of the Rhine River has already dropped to such a low level that the shipping companies have prepared to suspend the transport of goods along the river, reports the news agency
The drought has lowered the water levels of rivers across Europe, which in some places prevents the passage of large ships with heavy cargo. Because of this, transportation has had to be done on smaller ships and in smaller lots.
Officials predict that next week the water level of the Rhine may drop so low that passing the town of Kaub, one of the Rhine’s bottlenecks, would be considered completely impossible.
Experts estimate that the lowering of the water level can significantly damage the German economy, says
. The Rhine River, which runs from Switzerland to the North Sea, is an important transport route for German industry.
The situation is made worse by the fact that when Russia has reduced gas supplies, Germany is more dependent on coal power than before, and a large part of the coal is typically transported by barges.
For example, the German subsidiary of the Finnish company Fortum
that it may have to reduce production at its two coal-fired power plants in Germany due to the falling water level of the Rhine River.
The drying up can also be seen in many ways in other European rivers. News channel
according to the river cruise industry can suffer not only on the Rhine but also on the Danube river, for example.
In France, the Loire River is
practically completely exhausted in some places.