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Troubled Spain now desperate for rain

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A church and remains of an ancient village which are usually covered by water are seen inside the reservoir of Mediano, in Huesca, Spain, on March 13. The reservoir built in the 1950s, submerging a village called Mediano and its 16th century church, is so low on water that the ruins of buildings which are usually under water are now uncovered. Spain is suffering the driest winter in more than 70 years, adding yet another woe for an economically distressed country that can scarcely afford it. Thousands of jobs and many millions of euros could be in jeopardy.

AP reports -- Fernando Luna, a burly Spanish farmer, yanks a barley sprout from a field as dry as powder. He examines its roots, which are mostly dead, then tosses the stunted shoot away in disgust.

"Worthless! This is worthless!" Luna shouts.

Spain is facing its driest winter in more than 70 years and bailed-out Portugal next door is in similar straits. Thousands of jobs and many millions in agricultural output are in jeopardy.

Both nations are desperately short of so much: tax revenues, bank credit, jobs, hope for the future. Now, it won't even rain.

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Emilio Morenatti / AP

A tree and the remains of an ancient village which are usually covered by water are seen inside the reservoir of Mediano, in Huesca, Spain, on March 13. One reservoir built in the 1950s, submerging a village called Mediano and its 16th century church, is so low on water that the ruins of buildings which are usually under water are now uncovered.

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Farmer Fernando Luna walks on his dry crop in Robres village, Huesca, Spain, on March 13.

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A street is seen in Robres village, Huesca, Spain, on March 13.