Chile drought causing water shortage amid virus crisis

first_img“There are now 400,000 families,nearly 1.5 million people approximately, whose supply of 50 liters of water aday depends on tankers,” Rodrigo Mundaca, spokesman for the Movement forthe Defense of Water, the Earth and the Protection of the Environment, toldAFP. (AFP) SANTIAGO – With historically low riverflows and reservoirs running dry due to drought, people in central Chile havefound themselves particularly vulnerable to the coronavirus pandemic. Years of resource exploitation and laxlegislation have allowed most reservoirs in that part of the country to rundry.center_img Chile saw an 80 percent drop in rainfall in 2019 compared to its previous historic low. AFPlast_img


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