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4.2.    Water scarcity & droughts

4.2.1.      Water accounts and water exploitation index

Over the past thirty years, drought events and the number of areas and people affected have dramatically increased both in number and intensity within the EU (Mediterranean Water Scarcity & Drought Working Group (MED WS&D WG) 2007). Severe events have been identified that on annual basis affected more than 800 000 km² of the EU territory (37%) and 100 million inhabitants (20%) in 1989, 1990, 1991 and more recently in 2003 (with an exceptional cost of 8.7 billion €, EC 2007a) and in 2007-2008.

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