More than half of Britain is now in drought, the Environment Agency has warned, as the UK faces its most severe water shortage since 1976
More than 35 million people are now living in drought-affected areas, with water shortages today declared across the Midlands and South West.
Parts of the country are already drier than they were in the summer of 1976, when Britain experienced its worst drought for more than 100 years.
The drought of 1976 led to standpipes being installed in residential streets, water supplies to businesses being rationed and schools having to close early. The Environment Agency says similar measures are unlikely to be enforced this summer, but warns the dry conditions will damage the environment and lead to widespread water restrictions.
Answer with complete sentences.
- How much of Britain is suffering a water shortage?
- When was the last time the shortage was so bad?
- How many people are living in these areas?
- What were some consequences of the drought in 1976? (three)
- Are these things likely to happen this year?
- What will the dry conditions do? (two things)
- Do you think it is strange that there is so much rain in Britain, but it is called a drought?
- The last big water shortage was in 1976. At that time we did not blame it on global warming. Should we do so now? If so, why?
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