Colombia issues red alert as drought caused by El Niño hits water levels across country, threatening reservoirs and potentially leaving Colombians facing restrictions on water and energy use.
Intense rainfall in the heart of South America has caused major rivers to overflow, resulting in widespread flooding that has displaced over 160,000 and is being blamed on a particularly severe El Niño event.
Bolivia’s second largest lake has almost completely evaporated, leaving local fishermen and communities to count the cost of climate change and poor water management in a particularly vulnerable part of the world.
Experts believe that the current El Niño event – already among the strongest ever recorded – will reach its peak soon. But authorities across the region are confident they are as prepared as ever for the consequences.
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