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The Dutch can manage excessive water levels but are confounded by climate change and record drought.

Save the dikes a national security issue ...

Drought also brings along with it difficulties for water security. Some 25% of the Dutch flood defence structures consist of peat dikes which contain a lot of water. If this water evaporates, which happens during times of prolonged drought, these dikes can collapse by shifting or sagging. In Wilnis in 2003, a peat dike succumbed and part of the town was flooded. In times of drought these dikes are regularly inspected and in some cases irrigated. In some instances farmers are requested to move their cattle off the dike. 

The implications of drought on a global scale are enormous

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Wed Aug 3rd, 2022 at 07:34:43 PM EST

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