La Viñuela reservoir in La Axarquía, one of the areas worst affected by the drought. / ñito salas

Andalucía sets up a crisis cabinet amid increasing concerns about the drought

There is a risk that domestic supplies cannot be guaranteed in some places in the region and there will be no water at all for irrigation

HÉCTOR BARBOTTA Seville

There has been some rain in Andalucía in recent days but not nearly enough to make any difference to the drought and the regional government is becoming more and more concerned. On Tuesday it set up a crisis cabinet to monitor the situation on a day-today basis and evaluate what can be done in the short and medium term to alleviate the problem.

The working group is called the Drought Monitoring Committee and answers directly to the president of the Junta de Andalucía, Juanma Moreno. Its members include regional government ministers responsible for policy, sustainability, agriculture, public works, tourism and industry, among others. The last two were included because the tourism and industry sectors can also be seriously affected if there is a lack of water.

Lowest rainfall ever in some areas

The amount of rain which has fallen this year in some areas of Andalucía has been lower than ever before and the amount of water in the reservoirs is very low. There is a risk that domestic supplies cannot be guaranteed in some places and there will be no water at all for irrigation.

The Junta had already begun to put into effect projects which would make more water available, and is also calling for the government in Madrid to take action in the region as well. It says it is prepared to collaborate with any other administrations to resolve the situation because a solution has to be found.