In northern Nicaragua, vultures are eating the carcasses of cows that are dropping dead in dried out pastures. ... Central American agriculture ministers held a videoconference on Wednesday to seek coordinated actions to cope with the drought.
The lack of rain has been blamed on the probable arrival of the El Nino weather phenomen
on, which is characterized by unusually warm Pacific ocean temperatures that can trigger droughts. It is the latest trouble to hammer a region already beset by gang violence and poverty, which have driven families and unaccompanied children to migrate illegally to the United States.
The drought has swept across a region known as "the dry corridor," which covers nearly a third of Central America, where 10 million people live, according to a 2013 study by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization. Nicaragua's government says the country is enduring its worst drought since 1976...