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The rain in Spain isn't falling on the plain

An extraordinary drought is expected in Western Europe this year, with some countries saying they've only seen 30% of their average rainfall. The United Kingdom, Portugal and Spain are among the worst affected, and the dryness is having a catastrophic effect on farmers' yields. In turn, this will drive up prices for fruits, vegetables and meat in countries whose economies have already been hit hard by the financial crisis.

By Henry DE LAGUERIE , Clément PERROUAULT , Adeline PERCEPT

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