Drought: Faced with a “historic situation”, Elisabeth Borne installs an interministerial crisis cell

Since July 17, France establishes a new soil drought record every day. “The absence of rain is aggravated by the accumulation of successive heat waves”, is alarm Matignon.


Faced with the situation of extreme drought that affects the whole territory, Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne, also responsible for ecological planning, set up an interministerial crisis cell on Friday, August 5.

To face this “historical situation” and “the most serious drought ever recorded in our country”, according to Matignon, mobilization is general, while France is about to experience the fourth heat wave of the summer. Reunion, Place Beauvau, was held with the Directors of Cabinet of the Ministries of Ecological Transition, Agriculture, Energy Transition, Transport, Health, Economy, Public Accounts and ‘interior.

Also present at this meeting, the prefects of the defense and security zones – the hexagon has seven zones specialized in the organization of national security and civil and economic defense -, the French office of biodiversity (OFB), the National Forest Office (ONF) and Météo France. “The absence of rain is aggravated by the accumulation of successive heat waves which reinforce evaporation and water needs. The weather forecast suggests that the situation could last over the next fifteen days, or even become more worrying “, Alert the services of the Prime Minister.

The whole metropolitan territory is concerned

traveling on this theme on Friday in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, the Minister of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, Christophe Béchu, spoke “more than a hundred municipalities [who] Today no longer have drinking water, for which there are water routes that are done by truck “. Alongside the Minister of Agriculture, Marc Fesneau, Mr. Béchu called to “accelerate transitions” and to responsibility: “If we do not decrease our [water] consumption habits, we will have repeated episodes . “

Meteorological forecasts have little to reassure the government. By announcing a new increase in temperatures, for Sunday and Monday, Météo France specifies that “these strong hot news should continue to aggravate the drought of the soil, despite the thunderstorms of this weekend”. At the national level, since July 17, France has established a new soil drought record every day (on a history starting in August 1958).

A generalized situation throughout the metropolitan territory. According to the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion, on August 5, 93 departments were affected by a restriction going beyond a vigilance, four on alert, twenty-three on reinforced alert and sixty-six in crisis . Since Friday, Ain, Manche, Bas-Rhin and Yonne have gone into crisis.

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