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Mexico, Portugal, Turkey, India: saving water in the face of drought

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A person walks in the bed of the Yamuna River, the flow of which has decreased sharply due to the heat wave, in New Delhi on May 2, 2022. © Manish Swarup / AP

By: Marie-Line Darcy |

Côme Bastin Follow |

Emmanuelle Steels |

Celine Pierre-Magnani

1 min

The World Meteorological Organization last month called on leaders to wake up after one of the hottest Julys on record and among the driest in many parts of the world.

There is the terrible drought in the Horn of Africa, more than a million displaced in Somalia since last year.

We also talked about the drought in Western Europe.

Our correspondents take stock of the lack of water and the measures adopted or not to remedy it.


- An exceptional drought hits the north of Mexico, where the inhabitants suffer scheduled water cuts in order to reduce consumption.

Emmanuelle Steels

tells us about it from Mexico City.

- Portugal is experiencing its worst drought in nearly a century.

The authorities claim that there is drinking water for two years and they support the situation.


Marie-Line Darcy

in Lisbon.

- Surrounded by four seas, irrigated by dozens of lakes, streams and rivers, the territory of Turkey is rather well endowed with water resources.

But at a time when drought is hitting many countries around the world, the country is not immune to the phenomenon.

Regularly plagued by fires and worrying losses in agricultural yields, Turkey nevertheless remains on the sidelines of major water saving policies.


Céline Pierre-Magnani

 in Istanbul.

- With temperatures sometimes exceeding 50 degrees, India faced its strongest heat wave in the spring since 1901. Emergency measures are needed.

A report by

Côme Bastin



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