The Stream, July 9: Floods in Europe

Floods and landslides have killed more than 150 people in the Black Sea region of southern Russia in the last few days, Associated Press reported. Torrential rains have dropped nearly a foot of water in the area, turning streets into rivers, sweeping away bridges and inundating thousands of homes.

Heavy rains also swept across Great Britain over the weekend, causing havoc in many areas, according to the Guardian.

Sea water levels around Vietnam could rise by 2 meters, threatening to nearly eliminate the Mekong Delta, according to the country’s latest worst-case climate change scenario, VIETNAMNET Bridge reported.

Water and power infrastructure shortages threaten to constrain growth in Gurgaon, one of India’s wealthiest cities, Reuters reported.

Indiana officials are urging homeowners, farmers and water utilities to voluntarily cut their water use by at least 5 percent because of the current drought, according to Associated Press. The state has declared a water shortage warning for 32 counties, and many others are under water shortage watch.

The dry island of Cyprus will focus on shoring up European Union (EU) water supplies and on preparation for the U.N. climate talks in Doha as the green priorities for the six months of its EU presidency, Reuters reported, citing the country’s environment minister. Cyprus suffers from recurrent droughts, and often resorts to water imports and desalination.

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