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Rhine River Shrinks Further as Some Barges Halt Transport

  • Marker at Kaub earlier hit 30-centimeter mark amid dry spell
  • Some companies have already indicated that shipments affected
The water level gauge in Kaub, Germany, on Aug. 12. The marker dropped to 30 centimeters on Monday.

The water level gauge in Kaub, Germany, on Aug. 12. The marker dropped to 30 centimeters on Monday.

Photographer: Yann Schreiber/AFP/Getty Images

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The Rhine River’s water level at a key waypoint hit a new low, risking the transit of fuel and other goods as Europe’s climate crisis exacerbates its energy-supply crunch.

The marker at Kaub, a particularly shallow point west of Frankfurt, briefly dropped to 30 centimeters (11.8 inches) earlier Monday before edging back up, the latest German government data show. It is forecast to fluctuate around 31-33 centimeters as the week progresses.