Drought shows an abandoned ‘forgotten ghost town’ hidden for more than 30 years


Droughts have revealed a usually submerged ‘ghost’ village on two European borders..

The Aceredo village found in Spain’s Galicia region was flooded in 1992 to create a reservoir – It’s currently at around 15 per cent of its total capacity, meaning the village is now visible.

The mysterious grey ruins and spooky building have been a success with tourists and locals who have flocked to the village to check it out three decades after it was flooded.

Among the old abandoned buildings, rusting cars and many other derelict objects can also be noticeable that hint how the village used to be.

The village was submerged by Limia river in the 1990s after the dam was built

After visiting the eerie location, one visitor who flocked to the site opened up about their experience.

Visitor Maximino Pérez Romero said: “It’s as if I’m watching a movie. I have a feeling of sadness.”

“My feeling is that this is what will happen over the years due to drought and all that, with climate change.”

José Álvarez, who works in the village, said: “It’s terrible, but it is what it is. That’s life. Some die, and others live.”

The village is visible after 30 years

The mayor of the region’s council, María del Carmen Yañez, said the droughts are due to lack of rain.

She also revealed some of the issues was “quite aggressive exploitation of Portugal’s power utility EDP” which looks after the reservoir.

Earlier this month, Portugal ordered six dams, including this one, to nearly suspend all water used for electricity production and irrigation because of the drought.

Many tourists have gone to visit the area’s derelict remains

The eeriness of the abandoned village has attracted many tourists who were keen to catch a glimpse of the forgotten area.

A local, Francisco Villalonga said: “I can see this might be interesting for visitors from elsewhere

“but for those of us whose roots are there it is hard to see it like this.

“Seeing the houses where they were born and raised has made people very nostalgic for the past. That is a very Galician thing.”

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