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Russia Sees Lake Baikal Levels Continuing to Fall, Interfax Says

The water level in Siberia’s Lake Baikal may drop to a record low next year, Interfax reported, citing Russia’s federal meteorological monitoring center.

Inflows are declining, and the lake may fall to 22-30 centimeters below the minimum level set by the Russian government by the end of April, the news service reported, citing the center’s head Alexander Frolov. Last year, the lake fell below the minimum level by 12 centimeters, Interfax said.

Baikal is the world’s oldest lake, containing 20 percent of the world’s unfrozen fresh water, according to UNESCO.

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