After a harsh winter and intense spring flooding, the cities, towns, and villages of western Uzbekistan are facing a long hot summer with little water. The cyclic irony of their plight is present over much of Central Asia, where winter energy shortages forced hydroelectric reservoirs to be drained, only to leave the water sparse desert regions short after the spring thaws ended.
With much of Uzbekistan’s water coming from the snow-capped mountains of Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, international politics and the question of water as a sellable “commodity” further complicate the situation.
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Source : RadioFreeEurope
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