Italy’s worst drought in decades has reduced its largest lake to almost an all-time low.
Tourists who arrived at Lake Garda this weekend were greeted on stretches of previously submerged rock that extend far from the waterline.
“We came last year, loved it, and are back this year,” tourist Beatrice Massy She said sitting on the rocks. “We found that the landscape had changed a lot. We were a bit shocked when we arrived, because we were walking normally, and there was no water.”
Northern Italy hasn’t seen heavy rain in months, and this year snowfall has fallen by 70%, drying up important waterways.
Several European countries – including Spain, Germany, Portugal, France and the Netherlands – are also experiencing droughts this summer that have crippled their agricultural and shipping industries and encouraged authorities to restrict water use. In France, forced the first drought Cessation of production of famous cheese Made for over 2000 years.
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