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Sunday, November 27, 2011

Mexico suffers worst drought in 70 years


The parched crops and arid fields are some of the signs of the worst drought to hit Mexico in 70 years. Farmers say the lack of rain is threatening the country s corn and bean supplies. Lorenzo Contreras, the mayor of Ocampo in the northern state of Durango, said "We are going through the worst (drought) in recent years. A far as agriculture, we have crops covering 13,900 hectares and at about 9,000 are affected. In regards to the agrarian industry of the municipality, we have 30,000 heads of cattle and up to now we have reports of 1,200 heads of cattle dead." Carcases litter the ground and waters have receded in once full reservoirs. The drought is affecting almost 70 percent of the country.

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