Simferopol and Kiev argued about the causes of the Crimean drought

In the northern regions of the Crimea, a state of emergency was introduced in connection with the drought. Ukrainian activists gloated about Kiev's North Crimean channel, the Crimean officials persistently refuse to recognize the importance of this channel for agriculture in the steppe part of the peninsula.
Ukrainian MP Mustafa Dzhemilev said that the drought in the four northern regions of the Crimea is caused by the closure of Ukraine by the North Crimean Canal. On it to the peninsula until 2014 came water from the Dnieper, which was used for irrigation of agricultural land. Recall that the Crimean authorities on the eve of introducing the regime of emergency because of the drought and the death of part of the grain harvest in Krasnogvardeysky, Nizhnegorsky, Pervomaisk and Soviet areas. Interviewed by "b" experts statement Mr. Dzhemilev called contradicting the laws of geography and ecology. The Crimean authorities assured that the emergency situation arose because of the elements, which are of a natural nature, and the drought threatens only the agrarians.

Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Mustafa Dzhemilev in an interview with the portal "Obozrevatel" said that the reason for the introduction of the regime of emergency in four districts of Crimea was the closure of the Ukrainian authorities by the North Crimean Canal, through which the peninsula received water from the Dnieper. "There really are problems after we have blocked the Dnieper water, there is no agriculture at all," Mustafa Dzhemilev said.

Recall, the head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksenov introduced the regime of "emergency situation of a natural nature" because of a drought in four Crimean districts by his order on June 4. The "regional level" of response is set for the management bodies.
The reason for the introduction of the emergency was a drought, which led to the death of the crop on an area of ​​about 18 thousand hectares in Krasnogvardeysky, Nizhnegorsk, Pervomaisk and Soviet areas.

"Until June 30, 2018, the Ministry of Agriculture of the Republic of Kazakhstan is required to prepare and send to the Ministry of Agriculture of the Russian Federation a package of documents for consideration and decision-making on allocation of funds from the federal budget to compensate agricultural producers of Kazakhstan for damage caused as a result of a natural emergency, The head of the region said.

Water in the North-Crimean canal in the Crimea stopped serving in the spring of 2014. The chairman of the Crimean republican association "Ecology and Peace" Viktor Tarasenko told Kommersant that the statements about the drought because of its overlap are "political in nature" and contradict the laws of geography and ecology. According to him, the climate has its own cycles. The previous three years in the Crimea, there was enough rainfall that allowed to collect good harvests of grain. "But the climate is sinusoidal. The years rich in precipitation are replaced by arid years. There is nothing unusual for the Crimea here, "said Mr. Tarasenko.

The head of the Crimean Hydrometeorological Center Tatyana Lyubetskaya called "stupidity" an attempt to link the drought with the overlapping of the North-Crimean channel.

"The weather depends on the atmospheric processes. What does the channel have to do with this, "Tatyana Lyubetskaya told Kommersant. She recalls that Crimea is an arid region, but notes that the situation is anomalous. Drought, in her opinion, will be removed by rainy weather, but so far they are not forecasted at the Hydrometeorological Center. Local rains in the steppe Crimea are expected on June 6-7, but they will not significantly change the situation.

Minister of Agriculture of Crimea Andrei Ryumshin said on Tuesday that, according to preliminary estimates, the projected costs of damages from drought will amount to more than 164 million 420 thousand rubles. To receive the comment of the chairman of the state committee on water management of Crimea Igor Vejl it was not possible. However, the source of "Kommersant" in the government of the republic assured that residents of the peninsula and tourists do not threaten drought: there will not be any restrictions on water supply to the population.