The general director for water at the Ministry of the Environment, Jaime Palop, said last week that Spain is suffering the worst period of Mediterranean drought since 1912. Only the rivers in the north of the country are flowing as a result of heavy rain and snowfalls early last week. Sr Palop said that the Central Commission for water transfers will be calling on the Cabinet to approve to move a total of 39 cubic hectometers over the next three months. He said 36 cubic hectometers of it for the Canales del Taibilla and the remaining three for municipalities in Almería, and stipulated that the water would only be used for human consumption. He said the Tajo valley has guaranteed supplies but there are problems in Gerona and Barcelona. There are restrictions on irrigation in the Guadalquivir valley, although there is enough water for human consumption.

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