Signs recovery from drought as water levels rise

18th October 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 October 2005, MADRID — The first sign Spain was starting to recover from the worst drought in nearly 60 years came as water reserves rose for the first time in five months.

18 October 2005

MADRID — The first sign Spain was starting to recover from the worst drought in nearly 60 years came as water reserves rose for the first time in five months.

The environment ministry announced water levels had risen in the past week by 0.3 percent in reservoirs around the country.

Heavy rains around the country, which caused four deaths in floods in Catalonia, brought 181 square hectares of water (sqh) to reservoirs and rivers.

Spain's reserves now hold 20,937 sqh - still a long way from the same figure this time last year of 29,999 sqh.

The average for this time of year over the past five years was 26,939 sqh.

Rains over the past week have been on average 44.1 mm, though the main reservoirs were still considerably below their normal levels.

In the River Ebro reservoirs, waters rose 128sqh, compared with the week before.

The heaviest rains were in Cordoba, in Andalusia, where 140.2mm fell over the past seven days.

Spain has suffered the lowest rainfall for the past 15 years.

This year has seen the worst drought since 1947.

Cristina Narbona, environment minister, said the past year had seen a "dramatic" drought and forced the Spanish government to introduce two emergency plans to ensure crops could be watered and domestic supplies maintained.

[Copyright EFE with Expatica]

Subject: Spanish news

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