Drought in Spain reveals hidden village

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A seven-month long drought in the north-west regions of Spain has revealed the remains of several villages and archaeological sites.

A man-made lake was made in 1967 in the region of Galacia. It was done to improve water supplies to the area. However, due to this recent drought water levels in the man-made lake have dropped uncovering walls, pillars, stone lintels and even lampposts.

On occasion the peaks of buildings had been visible in the drier summer months, but locals were unclear just how much was still intact until now.

A combination of the driest summer in Galicia since 1981 and a 40 per cent drop in autumn rainfall had seen the lake fall to 25 per cent capacity.

Visitors can now walk on the remains for the first time since the area was flooded.

The old village of Portomarin, which was submerged when the Mino River was dammed, had emerged unscathed with its bridge, lanes and cemetery appearing from the depths.

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