EL SALVADOR DECLARES FIRST-EVER DROUGHT EMERGENCY

04/25/2016

On April 14, 2016, El Salvador declared its first water shortage emergency in history. The president of El Salvador cited the effects of El Niño and climate change as reasons for the shortage. Rainfall in El Salvador has decreased significantly in the past four years, leading to the current situation where water reserve levels are at a critical state. In the past couple of weeks, the Central American country has seen protests among neighborhood residents from the outskirts of San Salvador, the capital city, against the water shortages in their communities. Other Central American countries have experienced similar strains. Last year, multiple Central American countries announced agricultural alerts due to drought, which affected 1.6 million people, particularly growers of beans, coffee, and corn. For the full story, see http://www.reuters.com/article/us-el-salvador-drought-idUSKCN0XB2YM.