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DROUGHT IN THE BALKANS
Associated Press reported: "Under a blazing
Balkan sun, Elena Matei hoes the parched earth around stunted ears of corn,
easing out weeds struggling for the same traces of moisture. There
hasn't been a drop of rain for two months, the longest drought she has seen
in more than 30 years of working the fields in near Draganesti-Vlasca, 37
miles southwest of Bucharest. 'If it goes on like this, the crop will
be ruined, my animals will die and so will we,' the 57-year old farmer said.
Across the Balkans, weeks of temperatures as high as 102 Fahrenheit have
blanched and stunted wheat crops and driven already impoverished farmers to
deeper despair. Even coastal areas are suffering from the worst dry
spell in decades. Governments are scrambling to combat the drought
with irrigation. Orthodox priests are pointing fingers at the