The general director of the Environment Ministry’s Water department, Jaime Palop, said last week that “Spain is suffering one of the worst droughts in recent decades”. He said the ministry did not expect to have to introduce water rationing yet, but noted that Catalonia’s regional government was already taking steps to ship water into Barcelona if the spring rains failed. He said Catalonia was experiencing its worst drought in 50 years. He said the drought was affecting practically all the Mediterranean coastal areas, from Catalonia to Algeciras. He described the situation in Malaga province as “delicate” and noted that limits on water for irrigation were already in place. Sr Palop said the only areas that had had a very wet 12 months were Valencia province, Mallorca, Zamora and Zaragoza.


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