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Event Details

Drought event report

Category: Drought
Observation: 25.03.2008
Continent: Europe
Country: Spain
State: Province of Málaga
Area: Antequera, Guadalhorce valley
Severity: Moderate
Event details
Urgent measures are underway to try and avoid cuts in water supply in some twenty villages across the province of Málaga as the drought continues. Divining for water in order to find new wells is taking place as the level in the local reservoirs falls to just 28% of possible capacity at 171.9 cubic hectometres. The amount is roughly equivalent to a year’s usage, but the alarm bells are ringing given that the numbers are being seen at the end of winter and the official wet season ends next Monday. In the most affected areas, such as Antequera and the Guadalhorce valley, permission has been sought from the Geology and Mining institute to start prospecting for new wells which will help them avoid drought restrictions in the coming autumn. All the local reservoirs are lower than at this time last year, with the exception of La Concepción in Marbella which is currently full. The largest reservoir in the province, La Viñuela, currently holds just 37.8 cubic hectometres of water, half the 74.6 held there 12 months ago.
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