RESIDENTS LEFT WITHOUT WATER AS MOJACAR BLAZE IS BROUGHT UNDER CONTROL
Contributor / 2009-07-24 19:01:35
Residents of the Sierra de Cabrera and at least 12 surrounding towns villages have been left without water following ravaging forest fires in the Mojacar area.
Around 80,000 people live in the area, a number which is much higher in the summer due to tourism, and they are all expecting to be without water for the whole weekend following a breakdown inthe water supply distribution system in the area.
Water supplies are expected to be restored by Sunday evening.
Meanwhile, residents who were evacuated from their homes are starting to return as the fire in the Sierra de Cabrera, between Turre and Mojacar, is being brought under control.
More than 600 firefighters, and some members of the army, are at the scene stabilising the situation.
The PP Mayor of Mojacar, Rosa María Cano, has called for the area to be declared a "catastrophic zone", saying that the fire was stopped just 15 meters from the houses of the first village. Much property and land, however, has been destroyed at a cost which has not yet been estimated. She called on the villagers to remain strong and work together to replant the sierra once the fire is completely out.
The water company says that eight pumping stations have been damaged by the fire. The villages which this affects and leaves without water until Sunday evening are Huércal-Overa, Zurgena, Antas, Garrucha, Vera, Cuevas de Almanzora, Pulpí, Arboleas, Los Gallardos, Turre, Carboneras, and Mojácar.
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The Leader Newspaper, 24 July 2009, MOJACAR EVACUATED AS FOREST FIRES THREATEN THE TOWN
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Tags: Forest Fires