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Jordan River may stop flowing, group warns

NEW YORK (JTA) — An environmental group warned that the Jordan River may cease flowing this summer.

Officials of Friends of the Earth have measured the flow of the Jordan to be as shallow as 30 centimeters in some of its southern parts and fear it might dry up altogether in a few months, according to a news release. Years of drought and overuse for irrigation have reduced the flow of the once mighty river to a trickle.

"The state of the Jordan is indeed a catastrophe," Gidon Bromberg, group’s Middle East director, told Reuters. "There are places where you struggle to see a river."
 

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