2019.07.03 15:00

Lithuania declares state of emergency over drought

BNS 2019.07.03 15:00

The Lithuanian government has on Wednesday declared a state-level emergency over the ongoing drought's impact on agriculture.

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, a state-wide emergency is declared when the limits of its consequences go beyond three municipalities. Currently, crisis-drought has affected four areas, but the consequences are felt in the majority of Lithuania's territory.

The drought will have major effect on farmers' income and on the country's economy and exports, the ministry said, as summer crops are estimated to shrink around 40 percent in case of a prolonged drought.

The ministry plans to pay compensation for drought-related losses in July, with 8.5 million euros allocated for the purpose.