This Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo shows a boat stranded on the bottom of the dam Paljurci, near Bogdanci in southeastern Macedonia. The Paljurci dam, planned to irrigate land in the s

 

              This Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo shows a boat stranded on the bottom of the dam Paljurci, near Bogdanci in southeastern Macedonia. The Paljurci dam, planned to irrigate land in the s
This Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2012 photo shows a boat stranded on the bottom of the dam Paljurci, near Bogdanci in southeastern Macedonia. The Paljurci dam, planned to irrigate land in the surrounding area, is almost empty due to the long period without rain in this Balkan country. This year, farmers all over the Balkans are turning to God for help. After the harshest winter in decades, the Balkans in the southeast of Europe is now facing its hottest summer and the worst drought in what officials across the region say is nearly 40 years. The record-setting average temperatures _ which scientists say have been steadily rising over the past years as the result of the global warming _ have ravaged crops, vegetable, fruit and power production in the region which is already badly hit by the global economic crisis. (AP Photo/Boris Grdanoski)