Spain experiences “driest in living memory” in last four years
Environment ministry says the lack of rain has reached an all-time high.
4 April 2008
MADRID - The last four years in Spain have been the driest in living memory, according to the Environment Ministry.
The last six months have seen just 219.4 litres of rainfall per square metre, which is 44 percent of the yearly average since 1930 and the worst data for more than two decades.
The Alto Tajo area in east- central Spain has been one of the worst affected, with the Entrepeñas and Buendía reservoirs setting new records for lack of rainwater. This is bad news for farmers and the two million people in Alicante, Murcia and Almería, who depend on drinking water from such sources.
[El Pais / Expatica]
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