Declined water levels in Rhine River puts Germany’s economic expansion on risk

(MENAFN) Germany is under the risk of water shortage as summer temperatures as well as declined rainfall amounts have witnessed water rates drop more in the Rhine River, a major transportation path.

The depth of the river at some points has reached dangerous stages (under 40 centimeters) impacting private and industrial traffic on the river.

When the water level decrease, the highway and railway have to be put into action significantly increasing the export and import expenses.

As reported by German news agency dpa on Tuesday the water level of the Rhine at one of the main assessing points close to the Dutch border has reached its lowest rate ever of zero centimeters.

Germany’s addimi is now looking for methods to expand the Rhine at planned points, with the nation's Transport Minister Volker Wissing stated on ARD TV previously on Wednesday that additional investment is underway in the rail and road network.


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