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Drought Parches Plains in Spain

August 13, 1995

Spain's tourist industry is facing one of its toughest times, because of too much sun, according to the Times of London. Not only is the hot weather in usually cooler countries cutting the number of visitors to the world's third-favorite holiday destination, but Ramon Luis Valcarcel, president of Murcia province in the country's southeast, says: "This is one of the worst droughts this century."

Travelers who do decide to visit face higher costs, in part to pay for the water crisis. On the Costa del Sol, which covers about 190 miles of Mediterranean coastline, $4.2 million has been spent drilling emergency wells. Water is being rationed there and on the Costa Calida in Murcia, Costa Blanca in Alicante, and in Majorca. Tankers are taking water to the Balearic islands and trains are taking it from northern Spain, to the arid south.

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