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Severe drought not seen in over 120 years

Hungary is experiencing its driest seven months since 1901, losing almost half of its average rainfall, the State Water Directorate (OVF) said in a statement.

In the catchment, 2021 has already been drier than normal, and the deficit has widened further in the first seven months of 2022. 10 out of 12 water management agencies in the country have been warned of water shortages. However, the increased water demand can be met with previously stored water volumes.

No water restrictions are required at this time, they added, but there is limited scope to meet exceptional water demands not indicated at the beginning of the irrigation season.

The average water level in Lake Balaton was 78 centimeters on Tuesday morning. Water levels will continue to drop slowly over the next week. By the end of the holiday season on September 1st, average water levels are expected to be approximately 70-75 cm.

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On Tuesday morning, the water level in Lake Velence, south of Budapest, was 58 centimeters. To ensure the oxygen supply to the fish, the Water Authority has installed and operates several aeration and water circulation devices. The water quality, dissolved oxygen concentration, algae composition and abundance of Lake Velens are all acceptable for aquatic ecosystems.

The OVF also noted that since January, the Danube Basin has experienced a 25% rainfall deficit compared to the climate average, while the Tisza has experienced a 31% rainfall deficit. In March, 79-89% of rainfall was lost.

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