The drought in this area is severely affecting the growing of crops. The local Associations are appealing for compensation for the loss of income that they will suffer which could amount to 25million euros. Melons, citrus fruit, alfalfa, cereals etc will all suffer without irrigation. And it isn't just the growers who suffer; the pickers, the transport companies etc all loose out when the crops fail.
When you watch the weather reports for Spain it seems that almost every other area of the country is being deluged with rain bar this part of the coast. The River Segura is at 14% of its normal level and of course as we move into May and Summer the chances of rain become slimmer.