Artificial Lake in Crete Dries Up Due to Drought (video)

Faneromeni; the artificial lake which is located in Crete, has dried up after months of drought.

The lake was created in 2005 after the construction of the dam, so as to meet the increased demand for irrigation of the Mesara plain.

The lake covers an area of approximately 1000 acres and has a capacity of 20 million cubic meters of water.

Authorities shut down the operation of the dam on Saturday as the water level had dropped to 800 thousand cubic meters.

The scene on Sunday was reminiscent more of a desert rather than the scenic location  many tourists and locals were used to.

Located 7km west of the village Zaros and about 7km north of Tympaki the lake had become an extremely important wetland, where rare birds and animals nested.