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Ghost village emerges in Spain after years of drought

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  1. Ghost village emerges in Spain after years of drought

  2. The roof of a house is seen in the ancient village of Aceredo that had been submerged by Limia river in the 1990s after the dam was built in Concello de Lobios, Spain, February 10, 2022. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  3. A submerged tree is seen at the ancient village of Aceredo that had been submerged by Limia river in the 90s. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  4. With the reservoir at 15% of its capacity, details of a life frozen in 1992, when the Aceredo village in Spain's northwestern Galicia region was flooded to create the Alto Lindoso reservoir, are being revealed once more. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  5. A general view shows the ancient village of Aceredo that had been submerged by Limia river in the 1990s after the dam was built in Concello de Lobios, Spain. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  6. A submerged tree is seen at the ancient village of Aceredo that had been submerged by Limia river in the 1990s after the dam was built in Concello de Lobios, Spain, February 10, 2022. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  7. The mayor of the larger Lobios council, of which Aceredo is part, blamed the situation on the lack of rain in recent months, particularly in January. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  8. The mayor, Maria del Carmen Yanez, also blamed the situation on what she said was "quite aggressive exploitation" by Portugal's power utility EDP, which manages the reservoir. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  9. On Feb. 1, Portugal's government ordered six dams, including Alto Lindoso, to nearly halt water use for electricity production and irrigation, due to the worsening drought. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  10. Crates with empty beer bottles were stacked by what used to be a cafe, and a semi-destroyed old car was rusting away by a stone wall. Drone footage showed the derelict buildings. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  11. Questions over the sustainability of reservoirs are not new. Last year, several Spanish villages complained about how power utilities used them after a rapid draw-down from a lake by Iberdrola in western Spain. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  12. A house is seen at the ancient village of Aceredo. "It's as if I'm watching a movie. I have a feeling of sadness," said 65-year-old pensioner Maximino Perez Romero, from A Coruna.

  13. The ghost village that has emerged as drought has nearly emptied a dam on the Spanish-Portuguese border is drawing crowds of tourists with its eerie, grey ruins. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  14. Environment Ministry data shows Spain's reservoirs are at 44% of their capacity, well below the average of about 61% over the last decade, but still above levels registered in a 2018 drought. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  15. A house is seen at the ancient village of Aceredo that had been submerged by Limia river in the 1990s. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  16. A general view shows the ancient village of Aceredo. A ministry source said drought indicators showed a potential worsening in the coming weeks, but did not yet detect a generalized problem throughout the country. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  17. "It's terrible, but it is what it is. That's life. Some die and others live," said Jose Alvarez, a former construction worker from Lobios, who felt a mix of nostalgia and fatalism as he remembered his working days in Aceredo. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  18. A tomb is seen at the ancient village of Aceredo that had been submerged by Limia river in the 1990s after the dam was built in Concello de Lobios, Spain. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal

  19. A house is seen at the ancient village of Aceredo that had been submerged by Limia river in the 1990s after the dam was built in Concello de Lobios, Spain. REUTERS/Miguel Vidal