On August 18th rain finally fell in the Neretva Valley in southern Dalmatia. The precipitation provided produce growers some much needed relief. The area's fields had been without a drop of rain for too long, and there was a real threat to their yield.
After several months of drought, heavy rain fell on Tuesday in the south of the country and in the Neretva Valley. This particularly pleased the farmers in the area, where this year only about 15 percent of the annual average precipitation has fallen. For the mandarins growing there, and for which the Neretvs Valley is famous, this is a last-minute salvation.
The farmers of the Neretva Valley watered the mandarins during the severe drought, and this way they managed to successfully prevent more serious consequences from occurring. But due to the salinity of the water in this area, today's sudden rain is still a better option than anything artificial could ever be.