Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Guatemala in worst drought in 30 years: UN

Terra Daily via Agence France-Presse: The United Nations warned Friday that Guatemala is facing its worst drought in three decades, and that at least 2.5 million people have been affected by the crisis. "The country is facing the worst drought in 30 years, which has triggered a food crisis," said Elisabeth Byrs, spokeswoman of the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

"The effects of El Nino have extended the dry spell, which has caused a reduction and loss of agricultural production affecting some 2.5 million people in 21 provinces," she added. The situation has claimed some 460 lives since the beginning of the year, according to Guatemalan officials, and the country's President Alvaro Colom has declared it a "public calamity."…

Volcán de Agua ("Volcano of Water"), Guatemala. Seen from road from Chimaltenango traveling towards Antigua Guatemala. Photo by Infrogmation, 1979, Wikimedia Commons, under the Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License

No comments: