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Pristina Declares Emergency over Heat Wave

July 23, 2007

Pristina_ The city of Pristina a declared state of emergency on Monday, citing extreme high temperatures and a potential shortage of drinking water.

“Citizens have to be very careful… they have to save drinking water”, said Ismet Beqiri, mayor of the Kosovo capital after an emergency meeting of Pristina’s local authority.

High temperatures exceeding 40 degrees have caused fires all around Kosovo in recent days. The directory for civil protection and emergency registered 71 fires last week alone.

In the meanwhile, reservoirs providing drinking water for the region are seven or eight metres below their usual level.

To prevent a possible water shortage, the mayor said harsh actions would be taken towards citizens who abuse supplies. Careless citizens may be disconnected from the water supply altogether.

Nationally, the Kosovo government has yet to declare a state of emergency, but it has created a ministerial group for the management of the crisis.

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