The Catalan health ministry has confirmed that a summer camp (colonies) in the town of Centelles has been evactuated because of an outbreak of swine flu (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). Around 100 children were staying at the 11th-century masia (Catalan country house) Mas Banyeres, which is located in a forested area near the central Catalunya town, where the outbreak has been discovered. At the moment, no details have been released about how many, if any, children are actually ill with the disease, although it is thought that one child has been affected—an announcement is expected today with further information.
Europe's largest desalination plant, located just outside Barcelona in El Prat de Llobregat, will be inaugurated today (article in Catalan, Avui). It is hoped that the plant, which can produce 200 million litres of drinking water a day by removing salt from seawater, will avoid repeats of last year's water shortages caused by a lack of rainfall. The desalination plant cost €230 million to build and will supply water to 4.5 million Barcelona inhabitants.
According to a survey by the Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas, voters who support right-wing politics tend to support Real Madrid when it comes to football while left-wingers prefer FC Barcelona (article in Castilian, La Vanguardia). In each case, around 40 percent of sympathisers for right or left support, respectively, Madrid or Barcelona. Amongst voters who favour centrist parties, one in four tends to be a Barça fan, while one is three prefers Madrid.
Also in the news: Lack of work for 6,000 temporary fruit-pickers (El Periodico); Farmers affected by weekend forest fire appeal to Generalitat for aid (La Vanguardia)