Sat 14 Jan 2023 | 06:49 PM
The mountain ranges in Algeria – similar to the mountains of Sharia, Tikjda, the highlands of Setif, and the high plateaus – are witnessing a state of drought and a complete absence of snow, in contrast to previous years.
Official reports and satellite images showed a significant decline in the water level in the dams. The percentage of filling of dams at the national level did not exceed 33 percent, while the percentage in some major dams reached less than 10 percent.
The last meeting of the Council of Ministers devoted an entire session to the water crisis and the scarcity of rain. An urgent plan was drawn up to organize the work of the ministries of interior, water resources, agriculture, industry, and environment, with the aim of enacting a new policy for the national water economy and preserving groundwater wealth.
The decisions of the Council of Ministers also included activating the role of the water police, which specializes in monitoring areas of water use in all fields and combating waste, to monitor water exploitation, across the country, while imposing maximum penalties, against violators of the law of digging wells.