Danube gone dry as the water level hits record low

29.10.2018 - BUDAPEST
A dry river bed north of Budapest
PHOTO: Instagram / ilovedunakanyar

Two weeks ago an exceptionally low water level was measured in the capital of Hungary. For the first time since 1947 the level dropped below half a meter. According to hydrologists, this is due to this year's extreme drought.

Both national and world media first informed about the critical condition of Europe's second longest river on Tuesday, October 16, with alleged level of 0.49 meters. But that was not all — two days later, the water level of the Danube dropped to 41 cm in Budapest, and to mere 38 cm last week.

According to water management experts, this is a result of exceptionally low precipitation in recent weeks. The information about severe insufficiency of water in the riverbed of the Danube was first released in August, when the water level came close to the record low. Budapest is not even the worst off, as water levels dropped even lower in some places.

In its report, a news portal Hungary Today shows how the river receded from its usual shores by tens of meters and revealed otherwise hidden treasures. For example, in the town of Érd on the outskirts of Budapest a shipwreck was discovered containing weapons and gold and silver coins from the 18th century.

In other places, however, the riverbed offers a more pitiful sight. Many river biotopes with their fauna were caught in isolation or ran completely dry.

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