The Spanish newspaper “La Bangordia” said that the drop in the level of the Rhine River in Germany, one of the major river arteries in Europe, has led to the disruption of traffic for commercial ships, which threatens Europe with economic paralysis.
The newspaper pointed out that due to the great drought afflicting Europe, the depletion of a waterway such as the Rhine raises the continent’s fears of real economic paralysis after ships reduced their tonnage by 30%.
The Spanish newspaper explained that water in the river has decreased by 56 cm, while ships need at least 1.5 meters of water, which the Germans considered a “nightmare” in Europe.
The Rhine meanders 1,288 kilometers through Europe. In the heart of Germany, 80% of the river transport of goods passes through it.
The river is a vital artery for coal, thanks to which the leading European economy is currently making up for the shortage of Russian gas.