Marmara RegionIn February, precipitation decreased by 67 percent compared to the same period last year and by 46 percent compared to the long-term average.
AA correspondent general Directorate of Meteorology According to the information he compiled from his data, the average rainfall for many years in February in the Marmara Region was measured as 70.7 millimeters. The region received 113.6 millimeters of precipitation in February last year, and 38 millimeters in the same month of this year.
February precipitation in the region decreased by 46 percent compared to the long-term average and decreased by 67 percent compared to the same period of the previous year.
February’s rains İstanbul It has been calculated that all of Thrace, excluding its surroundings, decreased by more than 80 percent compared to the long-term average. EdirneThe precipitation, which decreased by 93 percent compared to the normal, was measured in February at the lowest level of the last 63 years.
Number of rainy days Istanbul, Kocaeli with SakaryaIt took place in the range of 15-20 days.
“Models indicate that March, April and May may be rainy”
Istanbul Aydin University Dr. Güven Özdemir, Faculty Member and Meteorology Engineer, to AA correspondent, TurkeyHe said that there was a water deficit due to the fact that the rainfall in the region was below the average for 6 months.
Noting that there is a severe drought throughout the country due to the decrease in precipitation, Özdemir said, “Drought has started to increase frequently in Turkey as well as in the world. This has caused the precipitation in Turkey to decrease compared to the normal in February and the same period of the previous year.” said.
Özdemir stated that the rainfall in the Marmara Region decreased compared to normal and the same period of the previous year, and continued as follows:
“In February, precipitation in the Marmara Region decreased by 46 percent compared to normal and by 67 percent compared to the same period last year. This shows that the region received almost no precipitation in a very large amount. With the high pressure, the Marmara Region and Istanbul could not receive precipitation due to the climate and greenhouse effect. This situation is in the east of the Marmara Region. Yalova, Bursa and with Kocaeli TekirdagIt caused severe drought in , and even planting was difficult. Models indicate that March, April and May may be rainy. There seems to be no water in 70 percent of the capacity of dams in Istanbul at the moment. We have 307 million cubic meters of water in dams. This shows that we have enough water to last almost 3 months.”
“A tree must be planted in the place we find empty”
Underlining that the drought has turned into a major disaster, Özdemir noted that the frequency of drought will increase.
Noting that drought will have negative consequences for living things in environmental, economic, health, cultural and social areas, Özdemir said, “Precautions must be taken for drought. In big cities, in Istanbul, the population density must be kept under control. In addition, green areas must be increased urgently. Trees must be planted wherever we find them. In addition, early warning systems for drought should be established, and if there are, these should be developed and disseminated.” he said.
Expressing that the negative effects of drought and drought are great in agricultural areas, Özdemir stated that the soil lost its properties and its quality decreased in the disaster brought on by the drought.
Meteorology Engineer Özdemir, The world He added that the economic damage of the drought increased by 63 percent in 2021 compared to the 20-year average, according to the Meteorological Organization, adding that the worst drought in the last 500 years was experienced in Europe.