Storms fail to blow away growing drought worries

20th June 2006, Comments 0 comments

20 June 2006, MADRID — Stormy weather in Spain in recent days has not helped to replenish the country's depleted water reserves, the government said.

20 June 2006

MADRID — Stormy weather in Spain in recent days has not helped to replenish the country's depleted water reserves, the government said.

Reservoirs currently stand at 54.4 percent of their normal capacity.

Despite heavy rainfalls in some parts of the country, reserves have fallen by 482 cubic centimetres – a fall of 0.9 percent from the week before, said a spokesman for the environment ministry.

The average rainfall was 13.5 litres per cubic metre.

This compares favourably with figures for the same point in the year for 1996 and 1930, when the average rainfall was only 8.7 litres per cubic metre.

On the Mediterranean coast, the average rainfall was six litres per cubic metre, while on Spain's Atlantic coast, the figure was 18.6.

Last year, as Spain was struggling to come to terms with the worst drought in over 100 years, reserves were higher, standing at 55.7 percent of the normal capacity, said the environment ministry.

The average water reserves in the past five years have stood at 68.2 percent in June, while over the past decade the figure was at 68.1 percent.

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Subject: Spanish news

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