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Mexico Enduring Worst Drought in 70 Years

Date Posted: 
December 1, 2011

Mexico has lost tens of thousands of acres of crops and hundreds of thousands of cattle as the worst drought in 70 years persists throughout the country, according to Reuters. The northern states have suffered the greatest water shortage from the lack of rainfall, with crucial dams at 30 to 40 percent of capacity. With the wet season over, the drought is expected to continue for many months until rains start in (hopefully) June. The largest crops being hit are beans, with a 28-percent loss expected, and corn, which the government has cut production forecasts for twice this year.