Ministers call emergency summit as drought looms

Independent: Ministers are to hold an emergency drought summit in an attempt to avert a crisis caused by one of the driest springs on record. A battle plan will be devised tomorrow, as Britain faces the prospect of hosepipe bans, food price rises and more forest fires sweeping the country. April had just 24 per cent of the average rainfall for the month, while several areas experienced the driest March for nearly 50 years. Firefighters have already been working "to the point of exhaustion" to tackle forest......

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