- Title: SPAIN/PORTUGAL: DROUGHT SWEEPS ALL OF IBERIA, BITES ECONOMY.
- Date: 2nd August 2005
- Summary: (BN10) MURCIA, SPAIN (JULY 28, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1. LV/PAN/GV/CU: DRIED CROPS FIELD; PAN SHOWING CONTRAST BETWEEN GREEN AND DRY FIELDS; CUT TREE (3 SHOTS) 0.19 2. CU/PAN/GV: PAN OF DRIED IRRIGATION CANAL 0.30 3. CU/LV/GV: DRIED LEAVES; CONTRAST BETWEEN GREEN AND DRIED FIELDS; DRIED TREES (3 SHOTS) 0.49 4. GV/CU: MAN WITH POWER SAW WALKING TOWARDS DRIED TREE; MAN SAWING TREE (2 SHOTS) 0.59 5. GV/MV/PAN/CU: DRIED PEACH TREES; TREE AFFECTED BY DROUGHT; DAMAGED PEACH TREE; DRIED PEACH (4 SHOTS) 1.25 6. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) FARMER JUAN SANCHEZ SAYING: "We are not only loosing this year's harvest but also, because of the lack of water these trees are going to get sick and will die." 1.39 7. GV/CU/MV: EXTERIOR OF MURCIA'S CITY HALL WITH BANNER IN SPANISH THAT READS "WATER FOR EVERYBODY"; PIGEON DRINKING WATER, PEOPLE IN THE BACKGROUND; SIGN IN SPANISH READING (5 SHOTS)"WATER FOR EVERYBODY" AT BAKERY; "WATER FOR EVERYBODY" BANNERS TIED TO BALCONY RAILINGS 1.59 8. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) UNIDENTIFIED HABITANT OF MURCIA SAYING: "Water for everybody? The government says that they need water and they want to bring water from other regions because they say there is a lack of water. But I think that if we saved water, there is no lack of it." 2.14 9. GV: WOMEN SITTING AT ICE CREAM SHOP 2.18 10. MV/PAN: WOMEN WALKING AND FANNING THEMSELVES WITH NEWSPAPER 2.22 11. CU/PAN: MAN WITH BOTTLE OF WATER 2.26 12. MV/PAN: WOMAN PROTECTING HERSELF FROM SUN WITH FOLDER 2.31 (BN10) LISBON, PORTUGAL (JULY 27, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 13. MV: ENVIRONMENT MINISTERS FROM SPAIN CRISTINA NARBONA AND FROM PORTUGAL FRANCISCO NUNES CORREIA PREPARING FOR NEWS CONFERENCE 2.38 14. (SOUNDBITE) (Spanish) ENVIRONMENT MINISTER OF SPAIN CRISTINA NARBONA SAYING: "The drought that Spain is suffering at the moment doesn't have any precedent. According to reliable statistics, we have never had a year with such a lack of rain in our country. It is a situation really exceptional that affects all our deep valleys, some more than others of course, but it is a completely unprecedented situation in our country." 3.02 15. CU: FLAGS OF SPAIN, PORTUGAL AND THE EUROPEAN UNION 3.06 16. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) ENVIRONMENT MINISTER OF PORTUGAL FRANCISCO NUNES CORREIA SAYING: "Portugal has to understand that reality. Portugal has to be treated, and it's being treated like a brother country. We have problems, Spain has problems, that's why we sit at this table, to try to find a solution for our problems." 3.21 (BN10) ALENTEJO, PORTUGAL (JULY 28, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 17. LV/PAN/GV/CU: DRIED FIELDS; COW SEARCHING FOR FRESH GRASS TO EAT (5 SHOTS) 3.53 (BN10) ALBUFEIRA, PORTUGAL (JULY 27, 2005) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 18. GV: STREET SIGN ASKING HABITANTS TO SAVE WATER, READING: "USE WATER WITH WISDOM. SAVE TODAY TO HAVE IT TOMORROW." 3.58 19. GV/CU: DAM; LIGHTHOUSE AT DAM SHOWING LOW LEVELS OF WATER (2 SHOTS) 4.09 (BN10) ARGANIL, PORTUGAL (RECENT) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 20. LV/GV/GV/PAN: HELICOPTER SPREADING WATER ON FOREST FIRE; PEOPLE LOOKING AT FOREST FIRE BY ROAD; FOREST FIRE CLOSE TO ROAD (3 SHOTS) 4.32 Initials Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
- Embargoed: 17th August 2005 13:00
- Location: MURCIA, SPAIN AND LISBON, ALENTEJO AND ALBUFEIRA, PORTUGAL
- Country: Portugal Spain
- Reuters ID: LVA9NACJDCVPV7EYDR0I0YSFVQRY
- Story Text: Drought sweeps all of Iberia, bites economy.
Spain and Portugal are suffering the worst drought
in sixty years, wrecking crops and sparking forest fires.
Along the southern region of Murcia in Spain, fields
look devastated by the lack of rain, peach trees are being
sawed and farmers of the area fear about their losses.
"We are not only loosing this year's harvest but also,
because of the lack of water these trees are going to get
sick and will die," farmer Juan Sanchez told Reuters.
According to government officials this drought could be
only the beginning of a dry spell spanning years.
"According to reliable statistics, we have never had a
year with such a lack of rain in our country. It is a
situation really exceptional that affects all our deep
valleys, some more than others of course, but it is a
completely unprecedented situation in our country," Spain's
Environment Minister Cristina Narbona said on Wednesday
(July 27) during a joint news conference in Lisbon with his
Portuguese counterpart Francisco Nunes.
The last severe drought lasted about five years in the
1990s and Environment Minister Cristina Narbona said the
government was working on the assumption that this year was
not a one-off.
The whole of Portugal is suffering extreme or severe
drought and forest fires have burned about 38,500 hectares
Tourism accounts for 12 percent of Spain's economy and
about 8 percent of Portugal's and the two ministers said
they were taking measures to ensure tourism does not become
another casualty of the drought.
Irrigation of fruit trees has been halted in Portugal's
popular Algarve region in the country's south to avoid a
water crisis, thereby reducing the harvest, Portugal's
"Portugal has to understand that reality. Portugal has
to be treated, and it's being treated like a brother
country. We have problems, Spain has problems, that's why
we sit at this table, to try to find a solution for our
problems", he said.
The drought, which has also affected south-western
France, has prompted water restrictions in some areas of
Spain and Portugal while villages near the Pyrenees are
receiving water by tanker trucks.
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