Water wells in Fujairah have dropped by an average of 5 feet as the region has received only scant rainfall this year, Gulf News daily reports.
But despite the ongoing drought, officials believe that this year's crop harvest will be satisfactory because of increased awareness of the most effective agricultural methods. The officials, however, do fear that without more rain, the drought may threaten next year's agricultural yield. ''A drop of more than five feet has been recorded in most of the wells,'' said Ibrahim Abdul Rahman, director of the Eastern Agricultural District. ''Some wells contain only 15 to 20 feet of water. If the water levels continue to fall during the next agricultural season, farmers will face serious difficulty,'' he told the daily. The intense development during the last 30 years has erased much of the island's original land surface and along with it most evidence of the region's earliest inhabitants.
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