The Los Ríos area of the southeastern Mexican state of Tabasco is suffering the worst drought in the last 30 years , causing an 80 percent stoppage in agricultural activity and heavy losses for livestock .
The largest river in Mexico, the Usumacinta , registers historically low levels, while in Balancán and Tenosique, municipalities bordering Guatemala , the arid landscape extends over the plain over crops and killing the herd of hunger and thirst that exceeds 390 thousand heads
The cracked earth is visible in large areas, with crops of sorghum and corn that remain standing, but without life, and there is no fishing for the drying of the rivers.
In the ranches, the jagüeyes-deep pools of water-are full of mud, and near them abound the dead and dying carcasses.
Balancán, one of the municipalities that make up the Los Ríos area, authorities attribute the balance to the absence of rain.
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At least 92 people have died in Bihar, India as the severe heatwave takes hold which is also affecting most of India.
The country is experiencing droughts and hundreds of cases of heatstroke.
Other deaths have been recorded in Aurangabad, Gaya, and Nawada, where temperatures have been around 45C.
At least 562 people have endured heatstroke and admitted to various hospitals.
Government officials fear the death toll will rise.
Approximately 4,000 cattle died in several municipalities, Leaving millions in loses.
The lack of water, food and high temperatures led to the death of the livestock.
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The drought that has affected the northwestern region of the country for months has caused the death of 1,190 head of cattle, generating an economic loss of RD $ 47.6 million, the Minister of Agriculture, Osmar Benítez, informed Monday.
The official recalled that a series of measures are being implemented in support of the agricultural sector to alleviate the situation.
“Approximately a month ago the authorities launched an emergency plan that includes measures such as the delivery of food rations in the communities most in need, the distribution of molasses to feed livestock, and the dispatch of tankers to supply water to the population and agricultural producers, “he said.
According to the official, the most affected areas of drought at this time on the northwest line are Santiago Rodríguez, Montecristi and Dajabón.
Benítez said that since last year there has also been a drought in the southern zone in San Juan, Elías Piña, Barahona and Pedernales (severely).
Benítez referred to the issue of drought after the signing of a collaboration agreement with the Institute of Internal Auditors of the Dominican Republic (Iaird) with the aim of establishing the legal framework within which relations for collaboration, cooperation will be developed and mutual support of both entities.
“There are two million cows according to the farmers themselves, and of those 1,190 died, which we regret because a farmer who has five cows and one dies is a serious loss,” lamented Benítez, reporting that in economic terms a cow costs RD $ 40,000.
He expressed that each cow produced around five or six liters of milk per day at RD $ 20 each.
To counteract the severe drought, Benitez said that the Ministry of Agriculture is delivering 20.00 quintals of rice, 10,000 tons of sugarcane, 16 sugar cane trucks from the Monte Llano sugar mill and has contracted 12 trucks on the northwest line that is carrying water to the winners and from the first of February to the date 600 gallons of water have been brought to the area.
He added that Agriculture has invested close to RD $ 100 million and “what we are doing is heating the arm”.
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The high temperatures that have been registered in the country have reached 40 degrees centigrade. The president of the union expressed his concern, because as a result of this more than 250 thousand head of cattle have had to be displaced.
“Summer has hit the cattle sector hard, in regions with more intensity than others, the Caribbean Coast, especially in the dry low tropic part, is very affected, more than 31 thousand animals have been killed or killed, and more than 250 thousand animals have been displaced, “said the president.
So far, the most affected departments have been Casanare and La Guajira, places where the drought has damaged the prairies, making them dry and unproductive.
“We currently have silos and bales of food, most likely in February and March the livestock production units reduce their animal load by up to 50 percent,” he added.
Faced with this bleak landscape for farmers, the National Government will allocate resources to produce green and nutritious pastusas for livestock at any time of the year.
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The number of dead cattle on a remote Western Australia property is expected to double to 2,000, a peak industry group warned today, as evidence surfaced of an earlier incident at the same site.
WA Government officers have destroyed more than 300 head of cattle on the Yandeyarra Reserve, 100 kilometres south of Port Hedland, and have warned the number might exceed 1,000 after their condition deteriorated following a lack of food and water.
Pastoralists and Graziers’ Association of WA president Tony Seabrook said he had been briefed on the worsening situation at the Pilbara property this morning, and the situation was totally unacceptable.
“It appears as though it’s going to get to be a whole lot worse than it currently is,” Mr Seabrook said.
“The figures the minister has been putting forward are very conservative.
Roughly 5,000 head of cattle are run on the Yandeyarra Reserve by the Yandeyarra Aboriginal Community, which is managed by the Mugarinya Community Association.
It comes just weeks after up to 1,000 cattle may have perished on the Noonkanbah Station in WA’s Kimberley region, which is currently managed by Yungngora Association Incorporated.
Mr Seabrook said the fact the Pilbara property is an Indigenous reserve should play no role in future action, and it should be held to the same account as any other WA pastoral lease holder.
“This is an animal welfare issue,” he said.
“The same compliance that would be on a white property should be here too — it doesn’t absolve them of any responsibility.”
It came as the ABC learned of an earlier large-scale cattle death event at the same Pilbara property in 2012.
It is believed in that incident at least 100 head of cattle perished on the property at Horse Water Well.
A whistleblower’s report into the animal welfare concerns, and its shocking photos, was provided to WA Greens MP Robin Chapple in late 2014.
Kariyarra elder Patricia Mason said she raised the concerns in 2012, and today said she was devastated by the most recent incident.
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An extreme heatwave in Australia has led to the deaths of more than 90 wild horses in the outback, authorities say.
Rangers found dead and dying animals in a dried-up waterhole near Alice Springs, in the Northern Territory, last week.
About 40 of the animals had already died from dehydration and starvation. Surviving horses were later culled.
It comes amid record-breaking heat, with temperatures hitting 49.5C north of Adelaide in South Australia.
The mercury rose to 47.7C in the city itself on Thursday, breaking a record set in 1939.
Australia has experienced a fortnight of extreme heat that has broken dozens of records across the nation.
More than 13 towns in the state of South Australia have seen heat records eclipsed.
Emergency services in more than 13 districts are on alert for fear of possible bushfires.
Meanwhile in Alice Springs, near where the horses were found, temperatures have exceeded 42C for almost two weeks – more than 6C above January’s typical average, according to Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology.
Rangers came across the horses after their absence was noted by a remote community, said local authority Central Land Council (CLC).
A local resident, Ralph Turner, also visited the site and posted photos online, describing the scene as “carnage”.
“I was devastated. I’d never seen anything like it – all the bodies,” he told the BBC.
“I couldn’t believe something like that had happened.”
Another local, Rohan Smyth, told the ABC that water was “normally there” and that the horses “just had nowhere to go”.
The council said it had organised a cull of the remaining horses because they were found close to death.
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