Friday, September 02, 2005

Parched Spain plans to ship water to coastal areas

Giles Tremlett in Madrid
Friday September 2, 2005
The Guardian

Spanish authorities are drawing up emergency plans to ship water around the country's parched coastal areas in tanker boats amid warnings that the current record-breaking drought may last up to six years.
Most droughts over the past six decades have lasted between four and six years, an environment ministry report said last week.
With rainfall at record-breaking lows earlier this year, and no sign of a let-up for the parched central, southern and eastern zones of the country, orders have now been issued to draw up plans on the assumption that this drought, too, will last several years.


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