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Drought threatens Kuwait

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KUWAIT CITY, May 23: According to the Meteorology Department, a recent report issued by the State Audit Bureau says “a decrease in the annual average of rainfall in Kuwait by between 5% to 25% between 2031 to 2050 spells the danger of drought” due to the decrease in annual rainfall which Kuwait witnessed between 2005 to 2019, reports Al-Rai daily. The Met Department also warned of the dangers of drought to food security as a result of high average temperatures, a decrease in the amount of rain, an increase in suspended dust and an exacerbation of the phenomenon of desertification, which poses a challenge to the Public Authority for Agriculture Affairs and Fish Resources in dealing with the negative effects of soil depletion.

The department pointed out that “there is no national strategic plan to deal with climate change, but there are separate plans between government agencies, such as the emergency plan for the rainy season introduced by the Ministry of Works, and the plan by the Ministry of Electricity and Water’s preparations for the summer season, which does not take into account the sudden effects of climate change.” Meanwhile, the annual average of rainfall in the country will decrease by five to 25 percent during the period starting from 2031 to 2050, reports Al-Rai daily quoting an official source from the meteorological sector. The source warned about “the increasing risks of drought in the country due to the decrease in annual rainfall from 2005 to 2019.”

He also warned about the dangers of drought; particularly the threat it poses to food security as a result of high average temperatures, decrease in the amount of rain, increase in suspended dust and exacerbation of desertification — a challenge to the Public Authority for Agricultural Affairs and Fish Resources (PAAAFR) in terms of dealing with the negative impact of soil depletion. He pointed out that “there is no national strategic plan to deal with climate change; but there are separate plans among government agencies, such as the emergency plan for the rainy season of the Ministry of Public Works and the Ministry of Electricity and Water’s preparations for the summer season, which exclude ways to adapt to the sudden effects of climate change. He stressed the need to prepare a health emergency plan to deal with various climatic effects in order to protect public health and ensure the safety of society.

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