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2019.07.03 15:58

Drought-stricken river in Vilnius can be crossed on foot – photos

Despite the approaching rainy weather, drought effects are clearly visible in Lithuania’s second largest river – parts of Neris in Vilnius can now be crossed on foot.

On Tuesday, Environment Minister Kęstutis Mažeika contacted Belarusian authorities to help regulate the water levels in Lithuania’s biggest rivers, Nemunas and Neris, which also run through Belarus.

Read more: Lithuania asks Belarus' assistance to restore Neris water levels

“I signed the note [...] when regulating water levels in their dams, they can release more water so we can at least maintain the minimum levels,” he said.

Water levels in Neris river running through Vilnius has reached critical levels, below the threshold needed to maintain minimal ecosystem survival.

Lithuanian government has also called a state of emergency on Wednesday over the drought effects to Lithuania's farming sector.