The Ural River – Europe’s Third Longest – is Drying Up

The Ural River, Europe’s third longest, has reached its shallowest level last year and its levels have been gradually decreasing for the past 15 years.

The Ural River, Europe’s third longest, has reached its shallowest level last year and its levels have been gradually decreasing for the past 15 years. 

Kazakh officials claim that it is cyclical, however some people blame human activity as the cause. 

The drought has impacted the people who resides near the river as it is vital for drinking water, agriculture and livestock.

If this continues, the trees on the floodplain will be affected as well, and animals will be forced to migrate as well.

According to the United Nations, Kazakhstan may face a 50 percent water shortage by 2040.


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