Catastrophic droughts in Spain and Portugal are becoming critical for living

Suddenly what was once thought to be a problem confined to the third world has arrived in southern Europe.

The Douro River is 60 percent dry in Spain and clean drinkable water is now having to be delivered by tankers to an increasing number of communities across Portugal.

The Douro River which is one of the symbols of the Iberian Peninsula is 60 percent dry, after extreme high temperatures are completely drying up the country since several months.

There is no snow in sight as temperatures of over 25°C are recorded above 2,000 meters which should be white by now. The situation has become critical for Spain’s economy, for growing food, for living.

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Moreover, Spain, Italy and France are bracing for their worst harvests in decades after extreme weather damaged grapes.

Spain’s unprecedented drought has also revealed lost worlds. Towns and villages that were once flooded can now be seen again:

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Usually submerged ruins of the old village of Aceredo are visible at the Lindoso reservoir due to the low water level, on January 26, 2017 near Compostela village, northwestern Spain. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA
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Ruins of an usually submerged building are visible due to the low water level of the Belesar reservoir near Portomarin, northwestern Spain, on January 26, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL RIOPA

People living around the Cuerda del pozo reservoir can’t remember seeing the reservoir so big, so empty. They say, the situation is becoming a catastrophe.

Portugal’s prolonged drought worsens after dry, hot October

Portugal is just coming out of the driest October in 20 years. The population has been called to save water, at a time when the whole country is in severe (24.8 %) or extreme drought (75.2 %).

Clean drinkable water is now having to be delivered by tankers to an increasing number of communities across Portugal.

What will happen, if there is no water anymore?

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