Catalonia: State of emergency declared as region faces worst ever drought - BBC News

Residents face a raft of restrictions on water use as the Spanish region faces its worst drought on record.

24 minutes agoShareclose panelShare pageCopy linkAbout sharingImage caption, Farmers have been hit hard by the droughtBy Guy HedgecoeBBC News, CataloniaThe Spanish region of Catalonia has declared a state of emergency as it faces its worst drought on record.

From Thursday residents will be banned from washing their cars and filling up empty swimming pools under a measures brought in to tackle the crisis.

More than six million Catalans will be affected across 200 towns and cities, including the capital Barcelona.

The restrictions were announced after reservoirs fell to close to 16% of their capacity.

"It's still not raining," Anna Casòliva Freixe told the BBC, looking out of the window of her bakery. "It's worrying if you don't have enough water."

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