Drought withers crops


21 December 2022
Peru in 'state of emergency'.

A DROUGHT in the Peruvian Andes has withered potato crops, as well as ravaging alpaca flocks, forcing the government to declare a state of emergency in more than 100 districts.

Hardest hit are rural communities in the Arequipa and Puno departments in Peru's southern region, where the government decreed a state of emergency owing to imminent danger from water shortage.

The national weather service, Senamhi, described the drought as one of the worst in the past half century, exacerbated by the offshore La Nina weather phenomenon in the central Pacific Ocean.

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Source: The Hindu

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