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New Year – Another severe drought

Posted Jun 24, 2015

Last year La Guajira suffered one of the worst droughts in its history.

This year, a new drought is occurring. The last time it rained in La Guajira is in November 2014. Eight months later, it has rained just a few minutes in total. Climate change is here and it is having devastating effects on the region of La Guajira, Colombia.

The rural communities are affected the most including many of our communities that are part of the MWA – Lazos de Agua project. The largest community, Tomarrazón, has a population of 2,000 people rely solely on water trucks because the river that normally supplies them with water has dried out. These water trucks are being provided via the local government.

Unlike last year though, there has been less media coverage about the drought. Is it possible that people are accepting these recurring droughts as the new norm? If so, we hope the government has a plan on how to combat the negative effects of the drought for this year and next year. As of today, we have not seen any yet.

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