Heavy rains stop reserves drying up so quickly

13th September 2005, Comments 0 comments

13 September 2005, MADRID — Heavy rains across many parts of Spain have helped to replenish the country's parched water reserves.

13 September 2005

MADRID — Heavy rains across many parts of Spain have helped to replenish the country's parched water reserves.

As Spain struggles to come to terms with the worst drought since 1947, reservoirs stood at 40.7 percent of capacity.

But downpours, especially in Catalonia in recent days, have helped to re-fill to some the reservoirs.

The Spanish environment ministry said that at present there were 21,653,000 square metres of water in reserves. 

Losses in water reserves, which were falling at a rate of one percent each month, have only fallen 0.7 percent in the past week.

Indeed, the largest rainfall recorded was at Reus, near Tarragona  107sqm of rain fell. 

But experts from the Spanish Meteorological Institute said the heavy rains "made no difference at all".

They will not help to assuage the damage of the drought, analysts said.

The lowest water reserves are at the River Segura basin (12.2 percent); then those in Júcar, (19 percent); followed by those in central Catalonia (28,1 percent); then the River Sur basin(31 percent); the River Tajo (34,2 percent ); the River Duero basin (38,9 percent); River Guadalquivir (39,9 percent); River Ebro (41,8 percent) and on the Galician coast which stood at 48,5 percent of normal levels.

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Subject: Spanish news


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