In a July report, the European Commission’s Joint Research Center reported that 46 percent of the EU’s land is at risk of a warning level drought and 11 percent at a warning level as crops are suffering from water shortages.
The European Union reported that the country most affected is Italy, where the Po River Basin in the north of the country is facing the highest level of severe drought.
In Spain, the amount of water in reservoirs is 31 percent less than the average recorded in ten years, while the amount of water needed to produce hydropower is half the rate of the previous seven years. According to Agence France-Presse.
European Union researchers have also warned that water shortages and extreme heat are causing crop failures in France, Romania, Spain, Portugal and Italy.
Weather forecasts indicate that the situation will continue, according to the report, which will exacerbate the repercussions of the current “extremely dangerous situation” on agriculture, energy and water resources.