The Drought Spreads Across England03/04/2012
The Drought Spreads Across England
The Midlands and south-west England are the latest areas at risk of drought status according to the Environment Agency.
Parts of south-east England and East Anglia, already officially in drought, were joined by South and East Yorkshire last week.
Two years of lower-than-average winter rainfall has meant rivers across the country have not been replenished.
"Without substantial rainfall, the risk of drought could spread to parts of the West Midlands and south-west England," a spokesman said.
"It's important that we all use water wisely and use less of it. The amount we use at home and in our businesses has a direct affect on the amount of water available in rivers and for wildlife."
Most areas received less than half the long-term projections for average rain.
Edited from the BBC Online