One topic shared by most Czech dailies on Tuesday is the continuing heat wave. LIDOVE NOVINY carries a story about a north Bohemian village whose water sources have dried out for the first time in history. According to the paper, a total of twenty-four villages in the region have problems with water distribution. Drinking water has to be carried to the villages in cisterns and fire-fighters fetch service water for watering gardens and house work.
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We've been having a long and very hot summer here in the Czech Republic. After it was announced that this June was the hottest on record, the weather forecasters said the tropical weather was behind us, and we could expect cooler temperatures in July and August. Well, they were wrong: the Czech Republic is once again being hit by a heat wave, and the intense heat is something everybody is talking about.
All of Wednesday's Czech dailies lead with different stories, with Mlada Fronta Dnes, for instance, reporting that rents are falling in Prague and remaining static in other parts of the country. The news is especially good for those renting larger, more up-market flats, says the daily. The reason for the decline in rents in the capital is that so many new flats - around 2,000 - are being built every year. Added to that, it's now easier to get a mortgage at rates which compare favourably with monthly rent.
It's been an extremely hot summer here in the Czech Republic. Well, the older generation would say just another hot summer - only young skeptics talk about a possible climate change. Many enjoy the amount of sun we've been having, but for others, it is yet another reason to complain about their plight - such as farmers who never fail to be surprised by the seasonal changes in the weather, and are always demanding compensations from the government for what other entrepreneurs have to take as business risk. Nevertheless, the farmers only add to the
Czech farmers may face loses amounting to billions of crowns due to the current drought and the Agrarian Chamber is talking about the likely loss of many jobs. The unfavourable weather has only added to other problems, such as the continuing decline in prices that has caused the deepest financial crisis in the agriculture sector in the past 40 years.
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