Approximately 2.5 million people in Mexico could be affected by the strongest in the last 70 years of drought, which has fallen into a number of states in the country, said in a statement on Thursday, researchers from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.
According to scientists, the main negative effects of the drought could become famine in almost 20 states of the country, especially in Chihuahua, Coahuila, Durango, San Luis Potosi and Zacatecas. In some states, there was no rain for almost 17 months.
The drought has affected 1.4 million hectares of agricultural land, and in some states up to 80% of dry farmland. For 2011 as a result of lack of rain and dry weather killed rice crop valued 3.2 million tons of beans — in the amount of 600 thousand tons, fell almost 60 thousand head of cattle.
The Mexican Government has already announced the launch of a special program designed to correct the effects of drought. For these purposes in the current year will be allocated 34 billion pesos (more than 2.5 billion dollars).