EUR 300m to combat worst drought in 60 years
6 May 2005, MADRID — The Spanish government has approved a number of "urgent" measures to try to combat the worst drought which the country has experienced in almost 60 years.
6 May 2005
MADRID — The Spanish government has approved a number of "urgent" measures to try to combat the worst drought which the country has experienced in almost 60 years.
In the next few days, they will make secure canals and lakes which were used as reserves during the last major drought between 1990 and 1995.
Deputy prime minister Maria Teresa Fernandez de la Vega announced a EUR 300 million emergency programme which is already underway.
Twenty millions euros are to be used to secure the canal between Aragon and Catalonia in north-east Spain.
Fernandez de la Vega said Spain is to use other 'infrastructure' like lakes which had been other periods of drought between 1990 and 1995.
The move comes after weather forecasters said Spain was experiencing its worst drought since 1947.
The Spanish government is to use a system to interconnect different canals and lakes.
Fernandez de la Vega said despite the lack of much rain, the urban supply of water was guaranteed until the end of this year.
Only some areas of irrigated land might experience water restrictions.
The move came as the Spanish National Meteorological Institute said rain which had been forecast next week may not fall.
Instead, the dry period will carry on, apart from in Galicia and Cantabria.
Temperatures were due to soar across the Iberian peninsula, with most places likely to reach 30 degrees.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news