Drought emergency declared for Barcelona


Spain's northeastern Catalonia region declared a drought emergency Thursday for Barcelona and the area surrounding the port city, which will now face tighter water restrictions following three years without significant rain.

The head of the regional government of Catalonia, Pere Aragones, announced the step after reservoirs in the Mediterranean region fell below 16 percent of their capacity, the benchmark set by the authorities for the application of a new round of water-saving measures that will affect some six million people.