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Oct 19, 2018

River Danube plunges to record low water level

The Hungarian water management authority said on Thursday that the current level can be seen at just 41 cm in Budapest

The Hungarian stretch of the River Danube has recorded a record low water level for this time of year.

The Hungarian water management authority said on Thursday that the current level can be seen at just 41 cm in Budapest.

As a result of low levels of rainfall in the recent months, the record low level of the Danube has been broken at various sections along the river.

According to MTI, the latest weather forecast shows that dry weather is expected to continue and no significant amount of rain is expected in the catchment areas of the river until the middle of next week. As a consequence, low water levels are expected to stay unchanged in the next few days and could rise a few centimeters in the second half of next week.

Gabriella Siklos, the spokeswoman of the General Directorate of Water Management, said low levels do not affect water quality but they do cause problems for river navigation. On Wednesday morning, cargo barges were prohibited from using the river because of the low level, she added.