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Alaska's hot, dry summer leads to droughts in some areas

In this Sept. 4, 2019, photo provided by the City of Seldovia, Alaska, shows the condition of the community's dam as it struggles with a severe water shortage. Alaska's hot, dry summer has led to extreme measures for drought conditions for the Native communities of Seldovia and Nawwalek, prompting regional officials issue a disaster declaration. (Cassidi Cameron/City of Seldovia via AP)

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Alaska’s hot, dry summer has led to severe drought conditions in some communities, which are struggling to meet their water needs.

The arid conditions are widespread but acutely felt in a handful of small communities that rely on snow melt and rain to fill their reserves.

Among the worst hit have been the Alutiiq communities of Nanwalek and Seldovia in the Kenai Peninsula south of Anchorage. Their plight prompted regional officials to issue a disaster declaration.

Nanwalek is shutting off the public water supply 12 hours each day and barging in jugs of water to deal with water shortages.

In the Alutiiq community of Seldovia, automatic flush toilets have been switched to manual flushing, and restaurants are serving meals on paper plates.

Rachel D’Oro, The Associated Press