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The governor of the US state of Utah has called on residents to join him for a weekend to pray “for rain,” to combat the drought emergency.
“I’ve already asked all Utahns to conserve water by avoiding long showers and fix leaky taps,” Republican Governor Spencer Cox said in a video posted on Twitter.
“But I’m afraid these efforts alone won’t be enough to protect us, we need more rain and we need it now, we need some divine intervention, which is why I’m asking Utahns of all faiths to join me on the weekend, June 4-6, for prayer.”
Cox stressed that the invitation to join a “humble communal prayer for rain is open to all Utahns regardless of religious affiliation.”
The governor, who issued two emergency drought-related orders this year, also posted an official signed announcement for “Utah Weekend of Prayer.”
Cox noted that weather conditions related to a severe drought in Utah are a concern for agriculture, and have increased the risk of wildfires.
The National Weather Service’s Salt Lake City office reported record daily temperatures in several cities in the state this week and issued “excessive heat warnings and advisories.”
Utah is among the mountainous and western American states hardest hit by wildfires in 2020, as the devastating impact of climate change becomes apparent to many.