The drought in the Netherlands is still persisting. On Monday afternoon the water level in the Rijn river at Lobith was 6.73 meters above sea level, thereby breaking the previous low record of 6.87 meters from August, De Gelderlander reports.
The rainfall over the past week was not enough to solve the precipitation deficit in the Netherlands, according to the national water distribution committee LCW. The drought measures will therefore remain in place. The quality of the surface water is also decreasing, NU.nl reports.
There's an increase of botulism and blue-green algae all over the country. The number of fish dying due to the poor water quality is also increasing.
The Netherlands is "blind to drought" according to researcher Henny van Lanen of Wageningen University. The country needs to build up larger reserves of fresh water to prevent drinking water running out during extreme droughts, multiple experts warn, Het Parool reports.
"As a low lying country with large rivers, we are always working on preventing wetness. That explains why we are now so surprised by the drought", Van Lanen said to the newspaper. "Dutch water policy is very conservative: the rest of Europe has been arming itself against drought for much longer."
The supply of water to the Rijn river that enters at Spijk Nederland dropped below the minimum limit for the month of July, the national coordination committee for water distribution LCW announced. The LCW therefore issued a code yellow, which means that a water shortage may be imminent. The low water level may lead to measures, though what measures exactly is not yet clear, the LCW said, NU.nl reports.
A professional diver died after getting stuck while working on the sluice complex in the Rijn near Driel on Friday. His lifeless body was released after over an hour by lifting the sluice slightly, AD reports.
A fire department diving team freed the victim's body and brought it out of the water shortly after 1:00 p.m. Emergency workers tried to resuscitate the diver at the scene, but it was to no avail.
The Social Affairs and Employment Inspectorate is investigating what happened.
Police divers found the body of a 17-year-old boy in the Rijn river near Wageningen on Tuesday night. The boy and a friend were reported missing earlier on Tuesday after they ran away from a youth institution in Zetten, according to Omroep Gelderland.
It seems the two teenagers wanted to swim across the Rijn. One boy made it to the other side. But the 17-year-old from Den Bosch disappeared underwater.
Eastern Netherlands up to Zwolle can be flooded if a dike breaks on the German side of the border in the catchment area of the Rijn.