Balkan Drought Drains Hydro Plants, Raises Danger of Blackouts

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Tourists visiting the Macedonian mountain resort of Mavrovo this winter have been able to see the 19th-century St. Nicholas chapel for the first time in 50 years. Usually submerged in a reservoir, it stands once again on dry land as the worst drought in four decades lays bare the vulnerability of the Balkan energy grid.

The surface of the man-made lake, created to drive three hydropower plants in one of Europe