More measures against drought

Despite some rain over the past two days, the transport ministry is taking more steps to combat the effect of the drought.

In some areas, river levels are at a 90-year low and large ships on the IJssel near Arnhem have been banned from overtaking each other.
Several water boards have imposed a ban on sprinkling systems for farmers and the dikes are being checked carefully for risk of cracking, Nos television reports.
The rain has reduced the fire risk in the Veluwe region slightly but parts of Noord-Brabant and Limburg remain code red.
Junior environment minister Joop Atsma said on Tuesday further measures will soon have to be taken even if it does rain in the next few days.
For example, ships using the inland waterways may have to carry reduced loads because river levels are so low.

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