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Severe drought in Libya due to climate change

Tripoli, Sep 2 (Prensa Latina) The National Committee to Combat Desertification warned on Thursday that Libya is threatened by severe drought due to a decrease in rainfalls and a rise in temperatures due to climate change.

Committee Head Abdelghani Aoun announced in a communiqué the setting up of a technical team to draw up a report and propose a strategy to fight the situation.

Aoun called for joint and coordinated actions to prevent the expansion of drought and desert in green areas.

The Libyan Center for Strategic Studies revealed a few days ago that the country will face a severe water crisis in the coming years due to an increase in human consumption and its limited reserves.

Ninety-five percent of the water consumed in Libya comes from underground sources, especially from the so-called artificial river, a network of pipes that transports water from the immense fossil deposits under the Sahara desert to the main cities.

Despite this mega-project, which costs 25-30 billion dollars, the country faces the risk of shortages due to infrastructure maintenance problems, the institution stated.