Major River Could Dry Up, Threatening Millions

Posted by Kyle Brookings on Friday, August 18, 2017
Tagus River Panorama - Toledo, Spain - Dec 2006.jpg
A drought has crippled parts of Spain and now the Tagus River is at a risk of drying up.

The river also provides drinking water to six million residents of Madrid.

Temperatures in the country have got as high as 40 degrees this summer, with Madrid setting a monthly record high for July.

Average rainfall is also way down.

Drought isn't the only issue, parts of the river is diverted to aid farmland.

The Tagus is the longest river in the Iberian Peninsula. It is 1,007 km long, 716 km in Spain, 47 km along the border between Portugal and Spain and 275 km in Portugal, where it empties into the Atlantic Ocean near Lisbon.



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