Drought is so severe in parts of Spain that thousands of people are invoking the heavens desperate for rain.
parishioners in the southern city of Jaen held a procession carrying aloft a statute of Christ called “El Abuelo” to pray for rain for the first time since 1949.
Thousands attended the procession as experts say parts of Spain are the driest in a thousand years, with drought depleting reservoirs to half their normal capacity.
On April 25, Spain asked the European Union for emergency funds to help the country’s farmers grapple with a severe drought threatening crops.
Spain is the world’s biggest exporter of olive oil and a key source of Europe’s fruit and vegetables.