The main wave of floods in the Stavropol Territory is expected in the second decade of May and will last until August. The head of the Karachay-Cherkess Center for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring Galina Bronskaya told about this at a meeting of the working group on regulating the operating modes of the water management complex of the Upper Kuban, the press service of the regional Ministry of Agriculture reports.
“Snow at an altitude of up to 2000 meters has already melted, in fact, the flood period has already begun. But the main wave of floods is expected approximately in the second decade of May and will last until August. On average for the Kuban River basin, we expect 110-130% of the norm, ”Bronskaya said.
According to the head of the regional CGMS Nelly Kravchenko, there are no floods on the rivers now. The exceptions are the Kuban and Yegorlyk rivers. At the same time, all precipitation records have been broken in the region, writes NewsTracker.
For 2021, experts give a more favorable forecast for water availability in the North Caucasus Federal District (NCFD). At the same time, and.about. Agriculture Minister Vladimir Sitnikov noted that the situation must be kept under control.
According to him, over the past five years, the region has increased the irrigated area by 21 thousand hectares, annually, until 2030, another 15 thousand hectares should be added to them. Thus, the water limit must be increased by 50 million cubic meters every year. The region is pinning great hopes on this issue on the construction of the fourth stage of the Big Stavropol Canal.
Last year’s drought in the Stavropol Territory seriously affected agriculture, part of the harvest was lost. The farmers harvested 5.2 million tons of grain, which is 3.1 million tons less than in 2019. “The harvest was not easy: extremely difficult weather and climatic conditions, hard work,” Governor Vladimir Vladimirov said at the time. The drought also reduced the grape harvest.
In September 2020, it was announced that the regional authorities were planning to start developing underground sources of water supply.