Lake Baikal Water Levels Critically Low

13 Nov 2020 by Local Press Report
IRKUTSK

The water level in Lake Baikal has fallen below the critical threshold that may potentially force the Irkutsk hydroelectric power station to decrease water discharge, according to a representative of the region's Ministry of Emergency Situations. "The water level in Lake Baikal has fallen below the critical mark, which is 457 meters [nearly 1,500 feet]. As of Monday, the level is 456.99 meters. This will probably reduce the release of water at the Irkutsk hydroelectric power station, however this situation is beyond our competence," the representative said. In the summer, the water level of the lake exceeded the critical mark, which prompted the Irkutsk power station to increase the water discharge from 2,400 to 2,800 cubic meters per second to prevent flooding of settlements in Buryatia, located in the Russian Far East.

Source: Urdu Point

Source: Urdu Point