The reservoir in the village of Aceredo, in Spain’s Galicia region, plunged to historic lows. The area, located on the border with Portugal, was flooded in 1992 when a Portuguese company created the Alto Lindoso reservoir and closed its floodgates. Today, a modern-day Atlantis has reappeared below the Limia River more than 30 years later.
The drought, which is expected to worsen over the next few weeks, has left the reservoir at around 15% capacity.
The reservoir, which has a 630 megawatt hydroelectric plant, sometimes plunges to low levels that reveal faint glimpses of the city.
But the water levels got so low that the whole abandoned town was exposed.
Maximino Perez Romero, from La Coruña, said: “It’s like watching a movie. I have a feeling of sadness.
“My feeling is that’s what’s going to happen over the years because of the drought and all that, with climate change.”
NASA has warned that while drought (a year with below average water supply) is a natural part of the climate cycle, global warming makes the weather event more frequent.
Indeed, warmer temperatures stimulate evaporation, which reduces the drying of soils and vegetation by surface water.
The Spanish project uncovered piles of debris that were once the doors or beams of now-destroyed buildings.
It was also revealed that a water fountain still contained water from a rusty pipe.
Other notable finds include crates of empty beer bottles stacked next to an old cafe, as well as a partially wrecked car.
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EDP claims that the reservoir’s historically low levels are due to draft.
But he said he had taken care of water resources “effectively”.
Several Spanish villages are said to have complained last year about the management of the dams
It came the size of a lake by Iberdrola in western Spain dropped.
But EDP argued that it had followed all rules and regulations.
Data from the Spanish Ministry of the Environment indicates that its reservoirs are currently at around 44% capacity.
This is well below the 61% of the last decade.
In 1968, the heads of state of Spain and Portugal used their common border rivers to build the Lindoso dam.
But to build it, houses and villages had to be abandoned to make way for the structure.
Furious residents were forced from their homes in four other villages in 1992 after the dam was closed and the waters were flooded.
Other villages included O Bao, Buscalque, A Reloeira and Lantemil.
Vacationers are said to have now flocked to Aceredo to take a look at the newly revealed town that was abandoned 30 years ago.