Drought leaves thousands of cattle dead in Guerrero

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

A drought has left thousands of cattle dead and affected agricultural production in Mexico's Guerrero state.

About 3,400 heads of cattle have died this year due to the drought that has hit the state's Costa Chica, Costa Grande and Tierra Caliente regions the hardest, the Guerrero livestock union told BNAmericas on Tuesday.

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The union called on the federal government to declare an emergency for the state's eight regions in order to release resources from national disaster fund Fonden.

About a quarter of Guerrero state is suffering from water scarcity, according to national water authority Conagua. Overall, a total of 311 Mexican municipalities have drought-like conditions.

Mexico ranks 34 in the World Resources Institute (WRI) projected ranking of the world's most water-stressed countries by 2040.