Long-term drought in Slovakia: What are its causes and consequences?

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Long-term drought in Slovakia: What are its causes and consequences?

30. 04. 2020 15:36

In the last few weeks, Slovakia has dealt with persistent drought. It has not been raining for more than a month in most parts of Slovakia, and it does not seem that it will rain any time soon.

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Drought intensity from 0 cm to 100 cm below the surface. Legend: >S0 no drought occurrence, S0 lowered soil moisture stage, S1 starting drought, S2 moderate drought, S3 significant drought, S4 abnormal drought, S5 extreme drought. Source: intersucho.sk

What is the cause of this extreme drought? How serious is it? And what could be done to mitigate its impact in the future? We spoke to climatologist from Slovak hydrometeorological institute Jozef Pecho.

Jozef Pecho
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Naturally, a long-term drought might have a huge impact on agriculture in Slovakia.

pole_traktor_polnohosp_tasr.jpg Fields close to Bánovce nad Bebravou

What agricultural sectors are the most at risk and what possibilities do farmers have in order to prevent potential losses? Jana Holéciová from the Slovak Agriculture and Food Chamber continues.

Jana Holeciova
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Romana Grajcarová, Photo: TASR/intersucho.sk

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