Monday, November 29

3 unexpected problems that the historical drought of the Paraná River is generating in South America

  • Veronica Smink
  • BBC News World, Southern Cone

An image of aground boats in the Paraná in Rosario

Image source, Reuters


The Paraná lost more than three meters in height on average due to the drought.

It is the second longest river in South America, after the Amazon, and is vital for the population, the economy and the environment of the three countries it crosses: Argentina, Paraguay and Brazil.

That is why the drought that affects the Paraná River, which already two years ago it is at its lowest levels in almost eight decades, is having serious consequences in those nations.

The river, which has an average flow of about 17,000 cubic meters per second, this year fell to 7,000 m3 / s, just above the historical minimum value of 5,800m3 / s, registered in 1944.

In practice, this means that the Paraná is more than ten feet below your usual average height, as explained to BBC Mundo Juan Borús, deputy manager of Information Systems and Hydrological Alert of the National Water Institute (INA) of Argentina, and one of the people who knows the river best.

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