Durango governor calls for US$878mn drought fund

Friday, December 9, 2011

Mexico's Durango state governor Jorge Herrera has called for the establishment of a 12bn-peso (US$878mn) fund to support drought stricken states across the country.

The fund could be financed by monies budgeted for but unused during 2011, Herrera said in a release.

The country is experiencing its worst drought in 89 years, with 58% less rainfall over the last 12 months than in previous years.

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More than 1Mha of agricultural land has been razed due to the drought, affecting the income of 4mn people across the region.

The national government has invested 2bn pesos in anti-drought measures, but this has been insufficient to remedy the situation, the governor added.