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Drought causes Danube water levels to fall in Romania

July 30, 2015

BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Shipping has been restricted along some sections of the Danube River in Romania as water levels fall due to a drought gripping southern Europe.

Romanian authorities say flow in Europe’s second longest river was 45 percent of its average level Thursday and is expected to fall further.

Lower Danube shipping administration chief Corneliu Carp told The Associated Press that shipping was impeded in Galati, the largest port town on the Danube, where the river was just 95 centimeters (38.2 inches) high. That is almost 5 meters (16.4 feet) below warning levels.

In the southern port town of Corabia, mayor Iulica Oanea appealed for help after low water levels blocked a barge.

On Sept. 6, 2003, the Danube fell to a record low of 17 centimeters (6.7 inches) in Galati.

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