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Mexico is facing nearly emergency situation due to severe drought

Mexico is facing nearly emergency situation due to severe drought

Mexico, Apr 21 (Prensa Latina) Mexico is facing a nearly emergency situation due to the severe drought that is affecting large areas, the most intense in the past 30 years, the head of the capital's government, Claudia Sheinbaum, warned on Wednesday.
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This situation caused a decrease of two cubic meters per second in water supply from the Cutzamala System, which was worsened by an increase in forest fires that damaged 4,100 hectares, almost twice as much as last year. The mayor of Mexico City submitted data to the National Water Commission (CONAGUA), which indicate that the volume of Cutzamala is at 344.5 million cubic meters of water, 32.5 percent below the historic average between 1996 and 2020, when it should be at 510.4 million cubic meters at this time of the year.

Although the volume of water coming from the metropolitan area of the valley of Mexico has been kept steadily, the truth is that less water is reaching the capital: 172,000,800 liters, she warned.

An ongoing decrease, below historic averages, with 453.4 million cubic meters, has been reported since late January, and 335.7 million cubic meters are estimated by May, less than half of the regular volume.

Forest fires are also spread by strong winds caused by La Niña weather phenomenon, different from El Niño effect, which causes much more humidity and rainfalls.

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