Drought bares eerie “Hunger Stones” in Czech river

Aug 30, 2018, 8:18 AM EDT
(Source: https://de.m.wikipedia.org)
(Source: https://de.m.wikipedia.org)

“If you see me, weep” – the tinge of humor in this message, inscribed on the dreaded “Hunger Stones” now resurfacing in the Elbe River in the Czech Republic, does little to mask the anxiety and fear of an ominous, arid future facing central Europe.

Centuries ago, when the water levels dropped during drought, the locals in the region used to carve lines and dates into the boulders, with the idea that these records would be a warning of “dry, hungry times” whenever these “Hunger Stones” resurface in future, reports Live Science.

The sighting of “Hunger Stones” forewarns “bad harvests, interrupted river navigation and consequent famine,” while reminding us of the perils of testing conditions people suffered during old days, reports Reuters.