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    In 2022, France’s record drought could cost the construction sector between 1.6 and 2.4 billion euros. This was reported by the French Federation of Insurers, reports “RIA Novosti” .

    Such damage from climate problems is potentially the largest in history. The amount could exceed the cost of compensating for damages in 2003, when 2.12 billion euros were spent on recovery after a heat wave. It is clarified that the calculations did not take into account compensation for crop damage.

    About 54 percent of housing in France is located on clay soils. A prolonged drought and subsequent heavy rains provoked a shift in the soil and the destruction of the foundations of many buildings. The country has endured several heatwaves, with temperatures reaching 40 degrees Celsius.

    In July, France imposed restrictions on water use due to drought. High temperatures affected the harvest of vegetables and fruits, which decreased by 35 percent. The heat contributed to the spread of fires, the most extensive forest fires were recorded in the Gironde department.

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