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  • July 1, 2022
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  • Italy
  • The worst drought Italy has faced in 70 years is thirsting paddy fields in the river Po valley and jeopardizing the harvest of the premium rice.
  • Italy’s largest river is turning into a long stretch of sand due to the lack of rain, leaving the Lomellina rice flats — nestled between the river Po and the Alps — without the necessary water to flood the paddies.
  • The lack of rainfall has brought governors of various Italian regions to declare a state of emergency in order to conserve water and coordinate the management of minimal resources.
  • The region’s main water sources, the rivers Po and Dora Baltea, are eight times lower than the average seasonal levels.

Po River Basin

  • The Po River is the longest river in Italy (661 km)
  • It originates from Pian del Re of Monte Viso, and flows eastward till the Adriatic Sea near Venice
  • The basin population is close to 17 million inhabitants, almost 1/3 of the population of Italy.
  • The main land use of the Po plain is intensive agriculture.

Source: Apnews

Kremenchuk, Ukraine

  • Two Russian missiles slammed into a crowded shopping centre in the central Ukrainian city of Kremenchuk

Mykolaiv, Ukraine

  • Russian forces struck targets in the Mykolaiv region of southern Ukraine and intensified attacks on fronts across the country as NATO members met in Madrid to plan a course of action against the challenge from Moscow.

Previous Year Questions

Q.1) Consider the following pairs: (2020)

River Flows into

  1. Mekong – Andaman Sea
  2. Thames – Irish Sea
  3. Volga – Caspian Sea
  4. Zambezi – Indian Ocean

Which of the pairs given above is/are correctly matched?

  1. 1 and 2 only
  2. 3 only
  3. 3 and 4 only
  4. 1, 2 and 4 only

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