Friday, 26 February 2016

El-Ninõ is bringing Colombia to it's knees: Hundreds of thousands of dead cattle more than half a million hectares of crops destroyed as drought takes hold


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El-Ninö is bringing rural Colombia to it's knees, a new report is showing the devastation El-Nino is having on the South American country Colombia.
As Columbia bears the brunt of El-Ninö, thousands of dead animals and other shocking figures caused by the weather phenomenon of El Niño are devastating the South American country.
The data has come from government entities and federations who discussed environmental and economic damage of the crippling drought in Colombia.
The high temperatures and drought that the country faces as a result of El-Ninö has claimed the lives of at least 100,000 cattle and goats with some experts claiming the figure could be as high as 500,000.


Andres Felipe Garcia, chief advocate for agricultural affairs said that in addition to these deaths the El-Ninö phenomenon has also claimed around half a million hectares of crops along with the displacement of hundreds of people to Bolivia.
Forest fires have affected a further 128,000 hectares.
And the recovery of these areas could take up to 30 years to repair.
The 128,000 hectares have affected about 23 forest.
Rivers are drying, therefore, in addition it has been reported food shortages in districts of the Caribbean coast which can only receive supplies by boat, according to Semana.
Magdalena has 10 critical points and has reached such low levels you can not even measure how much water runs out there.
The same can be said of the Cauca River and the Sambingo has all but disappeared.
In addition to rivers, lakes also have low levels, the Calima has lost 82% of it's water.
It is thought around 20,000 children are at risk of malnutrition.
To date, there are 316 municipalities at risk of shortage of drinking water.
Today 96 have partial shortages and 90 are with rationing.

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