A state of emergency has been declared in Klaipeda County, located in the western part of Lithuania. This is due to the extreme drought that has hit the region. According to local farmers, the harvest this season will be reduced by about 40 percent.
Inhabitants of western Lithuania, and more precisely the towns of Szyłokarczma, Kretinga and Klaipeda, located in Klaipeda County, are struggling with extreme drought. The Lithuanian Farmers’ Union reported that at least one-third of the harvest has so far been lost due to unfavorable weather conditions.
“It’s possible that up to 60 percent of the crops have dried up and died,” said Rimantas Paulikas, a representative of Kretinga farmers.
“I don’t remember such a drought here, maybe 15 years ago something like this happened… It’s terrible,” said Emilija Martinkienė, who lives in Klaipeda County.
According to experts, due to the drought this year, the harvest will decrease by about 40 percent.
State of emergency
Due to the drought, a state of emergency was introduced in Klaipeda County. Thanks to it, the authorities will be able to ask the government to compensate farmers for huge losses.
– The crisis management center has decided to ask the government to help our farmers and compensate for the damage they have suffered – said Antanas Kalnius, mayor of Kretinga.
According to meteorologists, the drought will not end soon, as the forecast shows that June will remain warm, with a shortage of rainfall. Forest fires are also a cause for concern. This year, over 70 of them have broken out. Fires have consumed over 20 hectares of forests.
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